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


  • BM, Cleveland Institute Music
  • MM, Juilliard School
  • DM, Juilliard School


Amir Eldan performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and as guest principal cellist. He was appointed to the Oberlin Conservatory faculty in 2006.

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. He was the youngest member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York, when he won the position of associate principal cellist at the age of 22 and was invited by James Levine to perform with the MET Chamber Ensemble in Carnegie Hall. 

Eldan holds a Doctor of Music degree and master’s degree from the Juilliard School, where he also served as a guest teacher. He received a bachelor’s degree cum laude from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Eldan currently serves as the cellist of the Oberlin Trio with violinist David Bowlin and pianist Haewon Song.

Professional Affiliations and Presentations

Eldan has performed at the music festivals of Aspen, La Jolla, Ravinia, Giverny (France), Prussia Cove (England), and in West Cork (Ireland).

He also participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and toured with Musicians from Marlboro.

Eldan has collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Cleveland String Quartets; and with Richard Goode, Kim Kashkashian, Joseph Silverstein, Midori, and Lynn Harrell. His performances have been featured on PBS and public radio, in concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and Israel. Eldan has presented master classes in the United States, Israel, and China.