It Starts With
Life. Love. Music.
Ethan Lazarus has studied cello since the age of 8. He played principal stand in the Littleton Symphony Orchestra for 20 years. He plays, records and performs on both acoustic and electric instruments.
He has completed a solo performance with the Littleton Symphony Orchestra on the electric cello with the full symphony. He arranged several works by Astor Piazzolla for full orchestra with electric cello. To hear this music and see the video, visit Ethan’s web site at: www.ethanlazarus.com.
He was privileged to study the cello with Jurgen de Lemos. Mr. de Lemos was the Principal Cellist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra for over 40 years. Prior to this, he was a cellist in the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Leonard Bernstein.
A Denver native, Dr. Lazarus attended Cherry Creek High School before traveling east to Philadelphia where he graduated with degrees both from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton Business School. He returned home where he received a doctorate degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and completed his training as a Family Physician in Ft. Worth, Texas. During all this time, Ethan continued to pursue his music, including sitting first chair in the University of Pennsylvania orchestra.
Dr. Lazarus was introduced to music before grade school, when his parents started him with piano lessons. For 14 years, his piano teacher, Barbara Simons, inspired in him a love of music that is evident to this day. At the age of 9, he began cello studies under Colorado Symphony cellist Eric Bertoluzzi.
Dr. Lazarus’s first solo performance with orchestra came in 1988 with his performance of Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major. While living in Philadelphia, Dr. Lazarus began studying with Philadelphia Orchestra Cellist Deborah Reeder, who changed the way he approached the cello and even music in general. This culminated in Dr. Lazarus performing the Dvořák Cello Concerto with the University of Pennsylvania Orchestra.