Eggert is a young Canadian cellist with a blossoming international
performing career. Known for a dominating stage presence and imaginative
interpretation, he has an inventive approach to the traditional
repertoire while fostering a strong commitment to musical creation
of our time. Solo appearances in Europe and North America herald
the 25-year old as an upcoming talent.
won first prize and five special awards at the 2008 International
Cello Competition Antonio Janigro in Zagreb, and received an honorary
award at the Naumburg International Cello Competition in New York.
in Edmonton in 1985, Eggert was cellistically raised by Tanya
Prochazka, with whom he studied for thirteen years. At the age
of 16, he won first prize at both the Canadian Music Competition
and the National Music Festival playing string quartet, and toured
Canada as principal cellist of the National Youth Orchestra of
spent summers at masterclasses in Banff and Orford, and later
in Switzerland and Germany, studying with renowned pedagogues
such as Anner Bylsma, Frans Helmerson, Miklos Perenyi, and Aldo
high school, he studied for two years in Boston with Lawrence
Lesser. He then moved to Montreal, embarking on studies with the
dynamic and trail-breaking cellist Matt Haimovitz. Focusing on
twentieth- century repertoire, he won first prize at the 2006
Eckhardt-Grammaté Competition for Canadian Music, and completed
a successful tour of 18 Canadian cities as part of the grand prize.
He also won first prizes at the ARAM competition in Repentigny,
Québec, and the Young Performer’s Competition in
currently lives in Salzburg, Austria, where he is teaching assistent
at the Mozarteum to Clemens Hagen of the Hagen String Quartet.
He plays a 1871 Niccolo Bianchi cello, generously loaned to him
by the German Music Foundation.