A native of Syracuse, Lucas Button has appeared as soloist with the Syracuse, Catskill, and Schenectady Symphonies and with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra. He has recently performed chamber music at venues including public libraries, the George Eastman Museum, and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. In 2017 he performed Steve Reich’s Triple Quartet with the JACK Quartet at Eastman Theater, works by Charles Wuorinen and David Fulmer at the Cleveland Cello Society, and a premiere of a work by Nico Muhly at Tanglewood. He performs regularly with Groupmuse, a social network that creates a close-up, engaging chamber music experience for audiences in homes, coffee shops, and other intimate performance spaces. Lucas has recently served as principal cellist of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and the Eastman Philharmonia.
Also an experienced mentor, Lucas has taught cello at Eastman Community Music School and chamber music at Interlochen Arts Camp and the Harley School in Rochester. Lucas earned his masters degree from the Eastman School of Music and bachelors degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. He has spent three summers as a fellow at Tanglewood and previous summers at Aspen, Orford, and Greenwood. His cello mentors include Steven Doane, Rosemary Elliott, Norman Fischer, Crispin Campbell, Gregory Wood, and Maureen Macero. His chamber music mentors include members of the Concord, Chiara, Juilliard, and Ying quartets.
Apart from music, Lucas enjoys exploring the outside by foot and by bike and exploring the world of coffee, both in the roasting and brewing stages.