Photo of Amir Eldan
  • Professor of Cello
  • Chair, Strings
  • Director, Division of Strings


  • BM, Cleveland Institute Music
  • MM, Juilliard School
  • DMA, Juilliard School
  • Cello studies with Peter Wiley, Richard Aaron, and Joel Krosnick


Amir Eldan performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and as guest principal cellist. In 2011-12, he served as principal cellist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra by invitation from Zubin Mehta; a year later, he served as guest principal cellist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. At age 22, he became the youngest member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, winning the position of associate principal cellist and invited by James Levine to perform with the MET Chamber Ensemble in Carnegie Hall.

As a winner of the Juilliard Competition, Eldan made his New York debut with the Brahms Double concerto in Lincoln Center, and he has performed the Six Bach Suites in a series of concerts worldwide. 

Eldan has performed at the music festivals of Aspen, La Jolla, Ravinia, Giverny (France), Prussia Cove (England), West Cork (Ireland) and has also participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and toured with Musicians from Marlboro.

He has collaborated in chamber music performances with members of the Cleveland, Guarneri, Juilliard, and Mosaiques String Quartets, Beaux Arts Trio, and with Richard Goode, Lynn Harrell, Steven Isserlis, Kim Kashkashian, Joseph Silverstein, and Midori.

Eldan has served on the Oberlin faculty since 2006 and a year later joined the Oberlin Trio, with which he has performed throughout the U.S. and in South Korea. He earned a doctor of music and master of music from the Juilliard School, where he also served as a guest teacher. His performances have been featured on public television and radio in the U.S., Europe, and in Israel.

Eldan serves on the summer festival faculties of Orford Academy (since 2016), Bowdoin Music Festival (since 2007), and the Indiana University String Academy (since 2008).


Oberlin Trio: Dvořák Shostakovich Tower (Oberlin Music, 2016)