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 and with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería (Mexico City).
Mr. Lelchuk’s numerous festival appearances include Baden-Baden, Hawaii International Music Festival, Chamber Music Silicon Valley, Moritzburg, Lake George, and Salzburg. He served on the faculty of the Luzerne Music Center and Premier Orchestral Institute and is cellist for New Orleans-based chamber ensemble Lyrica Baroque. 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 in Boston and Francesco Strano in Rome.
A faculty member of Loyola University College of Music and Fine Arts since September 2016, Daniel Lelchuk served from 2010-2014 as principal cellist of the Castleton Festival under Maestro Lorin Maazel.