Daniel Lelchuk was appointed Assistant Principal cellist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in Fall 2013 by music director Carlos Miguel Prieto; he holds the same position with the New Orleans Opera Association. Described by the Washington Post as a “dazzling virtuoso,” he has concertized throughout North America, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. He was invited as visiting cellist with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in Doha and has also performed as principal cello at the Royal Opera House Muscat (Oman) with the Castleton Opera.


In addition to having performed at the international festivals of Baden-Baden, Moritzburg, and Salzburg, Lelchuk has given chamber music concerts with such musicians as Alex Kerr, Jorja Fleezanis, Steve Wryczynski, David Aaron Carpenter, and members of the Vienna Philharmonic. He served on the faculty of the Luzerne Music Center in the Adirondacks and is cellist for New Orleans-based chamber ensemble Lyrica Baroque and the Salomé Chamber Orchestra. At the invitation of Prince Nicolò Boncompagni Ludovisi, he presented a series of solo cello recitals at the famed Villa Aurora, Rome.


Originally from New Hampshire, Daniel Lelchuk studied with Eric Kim at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (Bloomington) where he received the Eva Heinitz scholarship and played as principal cellist of the Philharmonic and Opera orchestras. He began cello when not yet five, studying for ten years with Donna Denniston, followed by studies with Sato Knudsen (Boston Symphony) and Francesco Strano (‘I Musici’ and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia).


Daniel Lelchuk served from 2010-2014 as principal cellist of the Castleton Festival under Maestro Lorin Maazel.

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