Jury | Eugene Lifschitz

The young American cellist Eugene Lifschitz has been performing in recital and as soloist with
orchestras around the globe since the age of 10 with solo appearances in Bolivia, Germany, Italy,
Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Romania, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, Austria, and the United States.
“Cellist Eugene Lifschitz gave a richly varied and impressively musical recital” and played with
“beautiful intonation and amazing virtuosity.”
—San Jose Examiner
“At the beginning was a vocal, Schubert-like melody – Eugene Lifschitz, solo cellist of the
Staatsorchester Kassel, let it flourish to a delicate beauty with a clear, sensitive tone…a true
romantic journey: colorful, dynamic and ending in irreconcilable B minor.”
—Hessische/Niedersächsische Allgemeine
“Then Beethoven and his A-Dur Sonata Op. 69 from 1808: In this heroic period, the master
emphasized the singing-melodic element which was influential for the generation of Romantic
Period composers. We have with Beethoven contrasts and an enthralling rhythmic energy.
Lifschitz and Deljavan illuminated this impressively.” —
Hessische/Niedersächsische Allgemeine

Eugene Lifschitz is currently Principal Solo Cello of the Staatsorchester Kassel, the resident
orchestra of the Staatstheater Kassel in Germany. The position was awarded Mr. Lifschitz by
audition in November, 2014
Eugene Lifschitz has performed as soloist with the San Jose Symphony, the Fremont Symphony,
the Filarmonia Pitesti (Romania), the Orquesta Sinfonica Municipal de Piura (Peru), the Padova
Symphony Orchestra (Italy), and the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra with which he gave his
orchestral debut at age 10.
Awards include: in 2015, Eugene won 1st Prize (Premio Citta di Padova) in the Soloists with
Orchestra Competition, in 2014, Eugene won 1st Prize (Premio Citta di Padova) for the Strings
Competition Padova (Italy) and in 2007, he won 1st Prize in the Schlern International Music
Festival Competition in Bolzano (Italy).
He has performed in recital with artists such as violist Paul Coletti, cellist Eric Kim, clarinetist
Julian Milkis, violinists Daniel Hope and Ingolf Turban, the pianist Robert Levin, and the cellists
Wolfgang Boettcher and Wen-Sinn Yang. He has appeared in live broadcast concerts on
National Public Radio, on PBS with Michael Tilson Thomas’ series as well as broadcasts in
Europe and Russia.
Eugene Lifschitz has been principal cello of several festival and youth orchestras including
Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the Orchester der Hochschule
München, the San Francisco Youth Symphony, The Juilliard Symphony Orchestra, Moscow
State Conservatory Orchestra, and Colburn School Orchestra.
At the same time Eugene Lifschitz frequently gives master classes ranging from whistle-stop
tours for local students (USA, Peru, Bolivia, Ukraine) to intensive summer programs (Italy,
Spain). He is on the faculty of the International Academy of Music of Burgos (Spain) and
the Festival Castelnuovo di Garfagnana (Italy).
In addition to numerous performances with chamber groups throughout Europe Eugene’s most
recent appearance include participation in German cello trio recitals (Bolivia, 2016,with Julius
Himmler and Johannes Raab), the Double Concerto by Brahms (as soloist, Germany, 2017) and
several recitals in Ukraine (2017)
His teachers have included Natalia Gutman (Moscow Conservatory), Ronald Leonard (Colburn
Conservatory), Wen Sinn Yang (Munich Hochschule) and David Soyer (The Juilliard School).
Masterclasses with David Finckel, Suren Bagratuni, Joel Krosnick, Phillip Muller and Erling
Blondal Bengtsson.