Cellist Mitchell Lyon has performed across the country as a founding member of Empire Wild, a genre-bending crossover trio and Ambassador Prize Winner of the 2020 Concert Artist Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. Passionate about community engagement and education, Mitch has been on the Teaching Artist Faculty of the New York Philharmonic since 2014 and frequently leads workshops for students of all ages and abilities, most recently at The Juilliard School Extension Division, Preucil School Chamberfest (IA), Omaha Conservatory (NE), and the Charles Ives Music Festival (CT). An alumnus of Juilliard (B.M., M.M.), Mitch was the recipient of several fellowships and led a multidisciplinary team of performing artists—actors, dancers, and musicians—to New Orleans in 2012 and 2013 to help rebuild the city after Hurricane Katrina. In the 2022-23 season he has appeared in more than 30 states with his trio Empire Wild and will be resuming the “Landscapes: Music for a Changing Climate” program with his duo partner, Mika Sasaki.