Instructor of Cello, Interlochen Arts Camp
Assistant Professor of Cello, Texas Tech University
MM, The Juilliard School; BM, The Curtis Institute of Music
Jeffrey Noel Lastrapes is an active soloist, chamber musician and teacher having performed and taught in Europe, South America and in every region of the US. He holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School where he studied with Orlando Cole and Harvey Shapiro respectively. He has held positions on the faculties of Oklahoma State University and the Collegiate School (NY), and is the former cellist of the Lindsayan String Quartet. He has recorded for New World Records, West Virginia University Press, and Centaur Records.
He is a frequent guest at festivals around the US and abroad. He has participated in the Evian Festival, France, Sevenars Festival (MA), Bellingham Festival (WA), Interlochen (MI), and the OK Mozart Festival (OK). He has also performed concerts and given master classes at prestigious universities and schools of music including the University of Iowa, the University of Utah, Wesleyan University, and Catholic University.
In 2009, Mr. Lastrapes gave his New York Debut at Merkin Hall to critical acclaim.
"An excellent cellist with consummate technical mastery, Lastrapes is a seasoned performer whose strong, outgoing personality lets him shape the music on a big canvas with bold colors and contours." Edith Eisler New York Concert Review
Mr. Lastrapes teaches at Texas Tech University, is the cellist and founding member of Quartet-a-tete Piano Quartet and has been on the cello and chamber music faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts since 1996. Mr. Lastrapes performs on a Francesco Ruggieri cello dated 1684.