Dave Eggar

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Not to be confused with Dave Eggers.
Dave Eggar
Born (1975-06-28) June 28, 1975 (age 39)[citation needed]
New York, United States
Genres Jazz, classical, world, reggae
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Cello, piano
Years active 1998-present
Labels Domo, Chesky Records, White Swan Records
Website www.domomusicgroup.com/daveeggar

Dave Eggar is an American cellist, pianist and composer.

Early life[edit]

Eggar was a musical prodigy as a child, beginning to play the cello and piano at age three and performing as a singer and actor on Broadway and at the Metropolitan Opera at age seven. He trained as a classical cellist at the Juilliard School, and later graduated from Harvard University and the Juilliard School's Doctoral Program.[1] He debuted in Carnegie Hall at 15 as the youngest winner in the history of the Artists International competition.[2] He has appeared throughout the world as a classical soloist, including concerto appearances at Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, London’s Barbican Center, the Paris Opera, and the Hollywood Bowl. In fact, that is Dave's cello leading the way at the top of Coldplay's "Viva La Vida".


Eggar has performed and recorded with artists in numerous genres, including The Who, Coldplay, Frank Ocean, Phillip Phillips, Ornette Coleman, Josh Groban, Roberta Flack, Bon Jovi, Michael Brecker, Phil Ramone, Dave Sanborn, Abbey Lincoln, Luciano, Sly and Robbie, Susan Boyle, Rosanne Cash, [[James Taylor}}, RJD2, Chromeo, Jane Monheit, Lucia Micarelli, Dianne Reeves, Alex Skolnick, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Brandy, Hannah Montana, Paul Simon, Jewel, A Great Big World, Wale, Cher, John Denver, Beyoncé, Fall Out Boy, Sasha Lazard, Pearl Jam, Craig St. Ramblers, Folk Soul Revival, OAR, The Spin Doctors, The Manhattan Transfer, Train, Tony Bennett, Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, Taylor Swift, Carly Simon, Duncan Sheik, Sinéad O'Connor, Kathleen Battle, EdibleRed, Breaking Benjamin, Ray LaMontagne, Lulu Gainsbourg, Ayo, Bebel Gilberto, Chris Potter, Rachael Sage, Pete Seeger, Dina Fanai, Linda Eder, Gil Goldstein, Eugenia Zukerman, Lyfe Jennings, Corinne Bailey Rae and Amber Rubarth. He has toured extensively as the solo cellist with the rock band Evanescence and with singer Amy Lee, including performances on The View, PBS, The Tonight Show, MTV and VH1.[3] He toured extensively in 2012 with his band Deoro (featuring Chuck Palmer and Ariel DelaPortilla), and with NPR New Songs winner, Amber Rubarth. He also toured extensively in 2012–14 as a member of American Idol Winner, Phillip Phillips. band, including performances on the Tonight Show, Today Show, Ellen and at the 2014 Super Bowl. His most recent collaborative release War Story: Aftermath, Music from and inspired by the film (Amy Lee featuring Dave Eggar) debuted at no 3 on the Billboard Soundtrack charts, no 2 on UK Indie Breakers charts and no 47 on the Billboard top 200. This record is a unique contemporary collaboration of Amy Lee, Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer featuring music from Mark Jackson's film War Story.

Eggar was a founding member of the FLUX quartet, and has premiered over 100 works of contemporary music, including pieces by Frank Zappa, Charles Ives, Beth Anderson, John Cage, Conlon Nancarrow, Elliott Sharp, Ornette Coleman, John Pattitucci, Oliver Lake, Morton Feldman, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, David Chesky, Gil Evans, Somei Satoh, Lamonte Young, Kirk Hammett, and Augusta Read Thomas.

In addition, Eggar has composed extensively for classical and contemporary dance, and has collaborated as composer or featured performer with companies such as the New York City Ballet, (Chris Wheeldon's Morphosen), Shen Wei Dance Arts (Connect Transfer), Attack Theatre (Noto, Games of Steel, the Fitting Room), Rebecca Stenn Dance (Blueprint, Left of Fall, Carmen Sweets), Hammerstep, Jose Limon Company (Moor's Pavane, La Malinche, Musical Offering), Thresh (Past-Present), and Dance Brasil.

Eggar’s work as a solo cellist and composer has been featured in the films "War Story" (Directed By Mark Jackson, score by Dave Eggar, Chuck Palmer and Amy Lee), "Anonymous" (Roland Emrich), "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (Ben Zeitlin), "Without" (Mark Jackson), "The Innkeepers", "Stakeland", Accepted, The Last Winter, Claire Dolan, Joshua, and The Roost. Eggar's latest project, Blue Massive, has widened his musical reach and sparked an international interest in the band's eclectic sound. Eggar signed with Domo Records in 1998 and released three albums. He has also released records on the White Swan and Chesky labels.


His list of awards and accomplishments includes the Sony Records "Elevated Standards" prize for accomplishments in the field of classical music, and Awards from Time Magazine, ASCAP, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine Dodge Foundation, the Leonard Bernstein Foundation, Asian Culture Council, the Presidential Medallion in the Arts, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the US Japan Cultural Friendship commission, the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Eggar's record Kingston Morning, created with collaborator Chuck Palmer was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2011. Their subsequent record, Deoro XX, created in collaboration with musicians in the Philippines won the 2012 Popular Voting award in Wold Beat in the Independent Music Awards. Dave's record "String Theory" on the Chesky label won Best Classical Record at the Independent Music Awards in 2013.



  1. ^ "Dave Eggar Bio". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dave Eggar Biography". Domo Music Group. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Dave Eggar Biography". Dave Eggar Music. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Serenity (1998) by Dave Eggar [46453-2] - $3.98 : DOMO Music Group, Online Store". Domocart.com. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  5. ^ "Left Of Blue (2005) by Dave Eggar [73053-2] - $4.98 : DOMO Music Group, Online Store". Domocart.com. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 

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