Alicia Eppinga, cello

Alicia Eppinga has been a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony since 1989, was appointed Assistant Principal Cello in 1990, and Principal Cello in 2011. Ms. Eppinga was raised in Grand Haven, MI and attended the Interlochen Arts Academy from 1980 - 1983. She received her Bachelor of Music Performance degree at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a student of Richard Kapuscinski, where she was awarded the John Frazer Award in Cello Performance in 1987. She received her Master of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music with Steven Doane in 1989. She was a Fellowship student at the Tanglewood Music center in 1987 and 1989 where she worked with musicians such as YoYo Ma, Joel Krosnick, Seiji Ozawa and Leonard Bernstein.

Ms. Eppinga is a frequent performer in solo and chamber music concerts. She performs regularly in concerts at the GRAM and at the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck.  Alicia is a member of Ensemble Montage, a group of musicians dedicated to bringing unique and contemporary chamber music to West Michigan. She is also a founding member of Castalia, a piano quartet that focuses on performing music by women composers. Ms. Eppinga has appeared as a soloist with the Kent Philharmonia, Calvin Alumni Orchestra and on the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical Series with the Grand Rapids Symphony. She collaborated with composer Alexander Miller to create the "Madame Bovary" Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, which was premiered in September, 2013. Alicia is the cello teacher at Hope College. She lives in Ada with husband Jim and their children Leo and Iris.