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John Eadie, Cello

Originally hailing from Victoria, British Columbia, John Eadie joined the Kansas City Symphony in 2010. Eadie completed his bachelor's degree with William Grubb at Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind., and Eadie went on to complete his master's degree with Yehuda Hanani at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. Following, he became a fellow with the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas for three years. Eadie has performed as principal cello of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and he has performed with the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Aspen Chamber Symphony, the Spoleto USA Festival in Charleston, S.C., and the Colorado Music Festival. He enjoys the outdoors, running, hiking and a good book.

Ten questions about me:

What is your earliest musical memory?

There are two, one is the movie Fantasia and specifically the Rite of Spring part with the dinosaurs. The other is Material Girl by Madonna on the radio and my mother turning it off because she didn't think I should listen to it.

How did you choose your instrument?

When I was very young, my parents gave me a choice between piano, violin or cello. I don't remember why I chose cello, but I'm happy I did.

When did you know you wanted to be a professional musician?

I was 16 years old at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. I performed the last movement of Symphony No. 2 by Jean Sibelius with the High School Concert Orchestra. Before this I had not thought about music too seriously, but after that concert I was hooked.

What is your favorite thing about performing music?

Definitely the reaction from the audience. The ability to communicate so many moods, feelings and ideas through abstract sound to so many people is extraordinary to me.

What is the most challenging work for your instrument?

Different pieces are challenging for different reasons. The Haydn Cello Concerto in D Major is difficult for intonation, purity of tone and the simplicity of phrasing. The Cello Sonata by Claude Debussy is challenging for the incredible variety of nuances and moods required, as well as working out the ensemble with the pianist. The Kodaly Sonata is challenging because it takes the cello to its technical limits.

What songs/albums are in your iPod/MP3 Player/CD Player right now?

James Brown, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Debussy, Stranvinsky, Pink Floyd, Charlie Parker Beethoven late string quartets and Bach.

Who is your most inspiring composer?

Too many.

What is the best part about being a musician in the Kansas City Symphony?

The donuts on Fridays! No, actually the great people I get to work with here and the appreciative audience we have.

What is your most memorable performance with the Kansas City Symphony?

So far probably Mahler's Symphony No. 4 last spring.

Which composer would you most like to have dinner with? And what would you serve or where would you eat?

Stravinsky, and we would eat at the bar at Webster house.