In 2012, cellist Robert deMaine was invited to join the Los Angeles Philharmonic as principal cello. DeMaine has appeared on the stages of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Teatro Colón, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Konzerthaus, and Moscow's Tchaikovsky Hall, among others. He was the first cellist ever to win San Francisco's prestigious Irving M. Klein International Competition for Strings. The recipient of a career grant from the Helen M. Saunders Foundation, deMaine's distinctions have included first prizes and awards from numerous competitions. As a chamber musician deMaine has performed at the world’s leading music festivals, including Aspen, Heidelberg, Montréal, Chautauqua, Bargemusic, Skaneateles, Napa's Music in the Vineyards, Cabrillo, Breckenridge, Meadowmount, and the Marlboro Music Festival, also performing with Music from Marlboro. DeMaine is also a member of the Hilary Hahn—Robert deMaine—Natalie Zhu Trio and of the Ehnes Quartet. Before joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic, deMaine served as the Principal Cello of the Detroit Symphony for over a decade. In August 2014, deMaine made his Los Angeles Philharmonic concerto debut in a performance of Brahms’ Double Concerto alongside violinist Alina Pogostkina. His recording of the John Williams Cello Concerto (Detroit Symphony, Leonard Slatkin conducting) was released by Naxos in 2015.