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Robert Erhard

Cellist Robert Erhard will join the South Dakota Symphony as acting principal cello and cellist of the Dakota String Quartet for the 2019 – 2020 season. Originally from Boulder Colorado, he enjoys a diverse career in chamber music, orchestral and solo performing. In the Boulder area, he has recently appeared as soloist and principal cello for the Boulder Bach Festival’s 2015 – 2019 seasons, performed as a member of Central City Opera’s 2019 season and in the section of orchestras such as Boulder Philharmonic, ProMusica Colorado and Fort Collins Symphony. He is formerly cellist of the Ceres Quartet and performed with the Altius Quartet for the 2018 – 2019 season, performing over 50 concerts across the US. Robert is fortunate to count among his most influential chamber music coaches members of the Takacs, Cleveland, Mendelssohn, Ying, Borodin, Brentano and Juilliard Quartets. He recently participated in the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar and the Aspen Music Festival Center for Advanced Quartet studies with the Ceres Quartet and has participated in festivals such as Kneisel Hall, Bowdoin International Music Festival and Orvieto Musica. Robert holds a BM from CU Boulder where he studied with Judith Glyde and Thomas Heinrich and an MM from Eastman where he served as teaching assistant under Alan Harris. During his time at CU he received outstanding freshman, junior and graduating senior awards and won the concerto competition, performing the Schumann Cello Concerto with the CU Orchestra. Passionate about expanding his musical horizons, he has performed extensively as part of the Indian – Western fusion trio, Sands Around Infinity, performing across America, in Germany and in India, releasing an album in 2015.