Eric Sung

Principal Cello

Eric Sung


Eric Sung is a principal cellist with San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. He has studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Southern California, and The Juilliard School. His principal teachers have included Stephen Geber, David Geber, Ronald Leonard, Fred Sherry, and Lynn Harrell.

An avid chamber musician, Sung has performed at the Taos, Sarasota, Scotia, Kent/Blossom, Aspen, Tanglewood, Mendocino, and San Luis Obispo Mozaic Festivals. Sung studied with members of the American, Cleveland, Orion, Takacs, and Guarneri String Quartets and has performed in concert with the California E.A.R. Unit, Duke String Quartet, Quartet San Francisco, Joshua Bell, Michael Tree, Ronald Leonard, Alexander Kerr, John Graham, Lawrence Dutton, and Jeffrey Kahane.

Sung has been featured as a soloist with Colburn Chamber Orchestra, Saratoga Symphony, Stanford University Summer Symphony, Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, and Aspen Academy of Conducting Orchestra. He has participated in the New York String Seminar, Piatigorsky Seminar and has performed at the National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestra Institute, Pacific, Verbier Festivals and Sun Valley Symphony.

He was a member of Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra and was assistant principal of the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Sung has served as acting guest principal of Sydney Symphony and National Arts Centre Orchestra and has performed with Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Opera Orchestra.

A dedicated teacher, Sung is on the faculty at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Pre-College Division, and The Nueva School, in addition to maintaining a private studio. He has served as a coach for the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, San Francisco Academy Orchestra, KAMSA Youth Orchestra, and Orchestra Institute Napa Valley.

A keen appreciator of antique instruments and bows, Eric plays on a Jacob Cordanus cello from 1774 and the ex-Budd, ex-Starker Peccatte-School bow.

Eric makes his home in San Francisco with his wife, Wenyi Shih, and their cat, Muffin, a tabby tortoiseshell mix.