Emergency doctor in Cleveland plays cello between shifts

Emergency doctor in Cleveland plays cello between shifts


norman lebrecht

April 05, 2020

From Eric Roter:

As some of you know I am a cellist and also an emergency physician in Cleveland. We are preparing for war right now and awaiting a surge, which we expect will happen within the next couple of weeks. A few weeks ago I was looking forward to recording some repertoire with my pianist and posting, but that’s not going to happen any time soon. Here is a Piatti caprice I recorded a few years ago. Hope it gives you a few moments of reprieve.

Dr Roter studied cello at Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music.



  • Pil Orbison says:

    Great to reminiscing music-medicine. Dr. Eric Roter is playing during the Cleveland Medical Emergency Room break. When I went to a nursing school at a Scandinavian-affiliated National Medical Center in Seoul Korea, we used to have doctor-nurse annual concert. I am also an amateur cellist as well as a singer so I have a double degrees, Music at UC Berkeley and Nursing with Scholarship at the Seoul’s NMC-School of Nursing School in S. Korea

  • Bruce says:

    Beautiful playing. If you’d told me this was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra dressed up in a doctor’s coat, I would have believed it.

    Nice work, doctor. Stay healthy.

  • Westfan says:

    There seems to be a link between physicians, other medical personnel and fine musical skill. I know several talented and trained musicians who went this route. I have heard of several MD orchestras in existence in the US. Bravo to them all during this terrible time.

    • Cheryl says:

      It’s the smart people-music connection. It’s why parents should encourage their kids to be in band or orchestra. And a wonderful talent to have as an adult even if just a hobby as you noted.

  • David Schepps says:

    Fantastic. A brilliant cellist and physician. I am so impressed.

  • Ms.Melody says:

    A beautiful musical and personal tribute
    Thank you for sharing

  • Claude Chan MD, Colonel USAF Ret"d says:

    As a retired Emergency physician I especially enjoy the Juilliard training coming out of you. Thanks for sharing your God given talents.

  • Wonderful, thanks for posting!

  • Beautiful and impressive playing. Bravo!

  • James says:

    Really wonderful…. check our group out… over 30 plus charity concerts in countries worldwide http://www.worlddoctorsorchestra.org

  • Julie Jordan says:

    Bravo and Blessings for your playing and vocation.

  • Cheryl says:

    That was very beautiful and what a lovely tribute to your mentor. God bless you both.

  • Derek says:

    In case people don’t realize how great this is, do know these Piatti pieces are hard as hell and are on par with Paganini violin caprices

  • Jennifer says:

    Thank you! That was absolutely beautiful. Prayers for you and your fellow health care workers.

  • AO says:

    Beautiful…thank you
    Nice to see you!
    A fellow MSM colleague from way back. Thank you for putting yourself on the front lines during this crisis