Eamon Riley is a fourteen year old cellist and recent graduate of the Crowden School, who lives in Berkeley, California; he has studied cello with Sergei Riabtchenko since he was eight, and piano with Kerrilyn Renshaw since he was twelve. This year, he is starting his third season with the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra. In addition to playing in the orchestra, Eamon has experience as a soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist, he has placed in several competitions including first-prize winner at the American Protégé International Music Competition (for which he played at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall), and second-prize winner at the DVC/HNU Young Artists String Competition. He has also participated in the Junior Bach Festival (both as a soloist and chamber musician), and in the Galante Prize Competition at SF State University, with his quartet. Eamon has had the opportunity to work with many fantastic chamber musicians and has participated in master classes and workshops, both at the Crowden School and in the broader music community.
When not practicing one of his instruments, Riley enjoys hiking, playing with Legos, soccer, reading, swimming and oceanography, and spending time with his friends. He is bilingual in English and Italian. This year he is a freshman at Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco.