Death of eminent US cellist, 78

Students have reported the passing of André Emelianoff, a leading chamber musician and teacher at Juilliard and Bard.

He had been suffering from a degenrative condition.

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  • A very nice man. I worked with him at Juilliard and the youthful energy I remember makes me surprised that he was this this old. I will remember him fondly.

  • A wonderful cellist, artist, teacher, and a true mensch. A role model for devotion to music, to helping others to improve, and to the beauty and value of music and compassion.

  • I didn’t know about his health issues. Sad news, regardless.

    As I recall, he was in the Cleveland Orchestra during and after Lynn Harrell’s years, and played extensively with Harrell at the Cleveland Institute and other venues.

    He was a wonderful musician and a lovely person, as others have already stated.


  • Mr. E was a man of amazing intellect, musicianship, generosity, and humor. He was a champion of new and neglected music, helping bring many amazing new works to light and life through his tireless advocacy.

    I had the wonderful good fortune to study cello with him at Juilliard, but in the end I think it’s the lessons on life I learned from him which have been even more valuable.

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