Eddie McLean began cello lessons at the of age 7 with Cheryl de Havilland. His teachers have included Magdalena Roux, Barbara Kennedy, Anmari van der Westhuizen and Marian Lewin. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. He has appeared twice with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in the 1995 and 1998 Youth Music Festivals. He was a member of the Sontonga Quartet which toured the Netherlands, Germany, Slovenia, the United States and Australia and in 2007 he lead the cello section of the Britten-Pears Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra. He has given recitals with pianists Albie van Schalkwyk and Jose Dias and has recently played as a member of the Proteus Quartet. He studied in America and returned to South Africa in 2007 and the following year joined the CPO. In 2009 he studied in Salzburg as part of his master’s degree and rejoined the CPO in November that same year.