Ernest Ehrhardt


Tenured in 1972

I have been playing the cello since the age of seven and my main work has been in the orchestral and studio work areas. My first professional job was as the youngest cellist hired by the Houston Symphony under the direction of Sir John Barbirolli and Sir Andre Previn. I was also the youngest cellist hired by the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of Zubin Mehta.

I have served as principal cellist with the Tulsa Philharmonic, the American Ballet Theater, the Jeoffrey Ballet and also the Pasadena Pops. I was a member of the Tulsa Philharmonic Quartet. I presently serve as assistant principal with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra since 1972.

I have had the distinction of being the only cellist on The Lawrence Welk Show for its last seven years. I have played for six United States Presidents.

I have done numerous recordings from orchestral, classical, operatic, popular, television and movies. I have worked with Lucianno Pavarotti, Jose Carrera, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson and Madonna to name a few. Also, I have done numerous stage shows.

My teaching includes Oral Roberts University, University of Tulsa and Occidental College, plus private teaching.

I am lucky that I love what I do and it has brought me so many opportunities and has allowed me to play across the United States to the Orient and Europe.

I reside in Burbank at a home once owned by Gordon Robinson, the composer for Liberace, with my wife Maureen.

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