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


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


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. 

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

In 2007, Eldan 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 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. He has presented master classes in the United States, Israel, and China.

Since 2007, he has been a member of the Oberlin Trio.

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