Eileen Moon was born and raised in Los Altos, California. She studied both piano and cello, eventually continuing her cello studies with Irene Sharp in the pre-college division of San Francisco Conservatory. As a member of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Eileen experienced years of immersion in the comprehensive arts community of the Bay Area. With the orchestra, she toured Europe and the west coast, often as featured soloist.
She continued her studies at The Juilliard School and after receiving her BM degree moved to Vienna, Austria, to study with Valentin Erben of the Alban Berg Quartet. She was a top prize winner in numerous competitions, including Irving Klein (CA), ARTS (FL), Geneva International Competition (Switzerland) in 1991 and Tchaikovsky International Competition (Moscow) in 1994.
Eileen joined the cello section of the New York Philharmonic in 1998 and in 2007 was named Associate Principal Cello. She has enjoyed years of musical endeavors, including performing in some of the most prestigious festivals, as well as founding the Warwick Music Series in Warwick, New York.
Eileen’s biggest passions are music presentation, cooking, running and animal advocacy. She co-founded Friends of Warwick Valley Humane Society and aims to open a sanctuary for injured, abandoned and “retired” animals and wildlife.
This performance marks Eileen Moon’s La Jolla Music Society debut.