Cellist Eric Schatz Alterman has led a varied musical life that has spanned continents and genres. Residing in Rio de Janeiro for 5 years, he performed as a section and assistant principal cellist in the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira. Now based in Oregon as cellist of the Delgani String Quartet, Eric has appeared in performances and concert series throughout the state and beyond, including appearances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Ethel and Friends" series in New York City. Eric serves as Assistant Principal Cellist of the Eugene Symphony and member of the Oregon Mozart Players, and has performed with the Oregon Bach Festival, Britt Festival Orchestra, Chamber Music Amici, and the Shedd Institute's Microphilharmonic. He has presented recitals at the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, the Rio de Janeiro International Cello Encounter, and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
Eric grew up in New York City, where he began music studies at a young age at the Mannes College of Music. Going on to receive Bachelors and Masters degrees at Brandeis University and Boston University, he studied cello with former and current Lydian Quartet members, Rhonda Rider and Joshua Gordon, and the late Vermeer Quartet cellist, Marc Johnson. Eric has consistently explored and pursued other genres of music, since his college days performing, arranging, and composing in an Arabic fusion ensemble. In Rio, he was a frequent performer of bossa nova at Copacabana’s famed music bar, Bip Bip.