Israel mourns beloved cellist

Israel mourns beloved cellist


norman lebrecht

June 26, 2014

Many Israeli musicians have informed us of the death of Dudu Sela, head of chamber music at Buchman-Mehta academy and founder of the Cello Society and several festivals. He was a hugely popular and effective teacher.

Dudu was severely wounded in the 1967 war and saved by medical miracles.

Ron Ephrat tells us that he loved his country above all. His grandfather, Zvi Nishri, was the first gymnastic teacher in Palestine, his aunt Hanna Orlov was a successful sculptor. Dudu studied with Uzi Wiezel and Leonard Rose. May his soul rest in peace.


dudu sela




  • Noam says:

    He was both a teacher, a mentor, and a friend to all (like me) who had the pleasure and honour to study with him.
    I am very saddened by his death, but am grateful for having met him and for having friendships with several of his children

  • Rosanne Goldman says:

    Dudu was a great cellist who, even with his severe injuries, performed wonderfully. He was a phenomenal teacher and taught two of my daughters. He was an inspiration to all of us. He loved animals very much. We owe him much . . . May his family be comforted with the mourners of Zion