Four new musicians at San Francisco Symphony, including principal cello

Posted on: July 20, 2022

“A new musician will assume the principal cello chair for the San Francisco Symphony,” writes Taylor Grant in Friday’s (7/15) Musical America (subscription required). “Rainer Eudeikis, who joined the Atlanta Symphony in 2019, starts with SFS in September. He succeeds the late Michael Grebanier, who led the cello section from 1977 until his death in 2019. The 32-year-old Eudeikis grew up in Texas and Colorado, and earned degrees at the University of Michigan, Indiana University, and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. While still at Curtis, he began a five-year stint at the Utah Symphony before moving to Atlanta…. During Grebanier’s long tenure, the cello section was one of the most unified sections in the orchestra due to low turnover and the players’ dedication to their section leader…. Eudeikis is not the only new player to be joining the symphony. Matthew Griffith, who has held positions with the North Carolina Symphony and the Nashville Symphony, will succeed longtime Symphony member Luis Baez as associate principal and E-flat clarinet. Joining the viola section are Katarzyna Bryla-Weiss, current co-principal of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s [in New York City], and Leonid Plashinov-Johnson, formerly of the Saint Louis Symphony.”