Selected Alumni Bios

Greg Heffernan

Greg Heffernan, (B.M., Cello Performance, 2005). Since graduating in 2005, Greg has been very successful in building upon contacts and familiarity with New York City to make music performance his full-time profession in New York City. He is a regular recording studio musician, tours constantly, and teaches while finding time to work on his own exciting creative projects.

Recently he made two European tours: one with the legendary Lee Konitz Nonet and one with the Paradox Trio. The tour with the Lee Konitz Nonet included travel to the north of France near Reims, then to Zagrab in Croatia, then Milan, and finally London. Greg will be touring Europe again during the summer of 2007 to play at numerous festivals.

Greg is a member, with Grammy-nominated reed player Matt Darriau (of Klezmatics renown), of The Paradox Trio. A recent tour with that group brought Greg to Berne in Switzerland, as well as Vienne in the South of France.

In 2007, Greg will record his own album and play with the Lee Knoitz Nonet at the JVC Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall.

Also in 2007, along with fellow NYU Alum Natacha Diels, Greg will be playing in an Off-Broadway production of "Betrothed," an original work produced by the Ripetime Theater group ( This is an especially challenging project for Greg because it will involve use of live manipulation of electronics as well as live cello playing. Greg developed a "passion" for this during his studies at NYU. Jeff created a technique through which he plays the cello and controls the concomitant electronics with his feet. That technique came to fruition in 2006 when he demonstrated it for Jazz pianist Vijay Iyer. Iyer subsequently hired Greg to use his technique in "Betrothed"; Iyer is the Musical Director of the new show.