A native of NYC, Eric Cooper began playing cello at the age of 12. Studying on his own enabled him to create a sound of his own. At the age of 19, he began his studies with Marion Feldman of the Manhattan School of Music. As a winner of Mid America Production’s orchestral competition in 2004, Eric had a chance to work closely with the great Lukas Foss. He transfered to the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College in 2007 and started his studied with cellist Fredrick Zlotkin. Eric is a very active chamber musician, and co-founder of the Brandy Chamber Society with Pedro Vizzarro Vallajos. In the summer of 2009 he toured with the award winning puppetry group The Lone Wolf Tribe. He has performed in masterclasses given by Massimo Polidori, Regina Carter, and the Trio Johannes. Currently Eric is principal cellist of One World Symphony and is also an active member of the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Brandy String Trio, The Contemporary Music Ensemble of the CUNY Graduate Center, and La Camarata de Washington Heights.