Norwegian-Japanese cellist Egil Rostad received his bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance from the Eastman School of Music in 1999. He began his Suzuki teacher training at the Colorado Suzuki Institute and completed his full training with Pamela Devenport at The School for Strings. He was awarded the Clifford-Levy Creativity Grant in his final year of study through the Diller-Quaile School of Music.
Egil is an active cellist in New York City. He performed onstage in Martha Clarke’s acclaimed dance-theater masterwork “The Garden of Earthly Delight,” which made the New York Times Year’s Top Ten. With Alvin Ailey II Dance Company, Egil performed the Bach Solo Suites; his renditions were described by The New York Times as “vibrant.” Egil has composed music for several dance and film productions in New York City and has performed at a variety of venues, including the Joyce Theatre, Carnegie Hall, the Knitting Factory, Joe’s Pub, Merkin, Town Hall, Guggenheim, and MOMA. His performances have appeared on numerous recordings by labels such as EMI, Ajna Records, Compass Records, and Vitamin Records.
In addition to being on faculty at the Diller-Quaile School of Music, the British International School of New York, and the School for Strings, Egil maintains a private teaching studio in his fully-outfitted loft in downtown Manhattan’s historic NoHo district.
Egil has also been a yoga asana, pranayama, and meditation teacher for almost twenty years and incorporates elements from his extensive study into the music realm where appropriate. He enjoys international travel, reading, cooking, woodworking, and nature.