Eli Kaynor, Cello

Eli KaynorJohn Elias Kaynor is one of three winners in the 2008 Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition. He will be performing the first movement of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major in Pro Arte’s Wunderkinds of Music subscription concert on November 30, 2008.

Eli has studied cello for many years at New England Conservatory of Music with Susanne Friedrich from the Vienna Conservatory and piano with famed Cuban pianist Bertica Shulman Cramer.

He began the study of both instruments when he was five, with Laura Blustein as his first cello teacher. At thirteen Eli won admission as the youngest member of the Melrose Symphony Orchestra under Yoichi Udagawa. As a senior now at Melrose High School, Eli is the principal cellist of the NEC String Chamber Orchestra with music director Peter Jarvis, in addition to having served as a member and/or principal cellist of many other NEC orchestras, Melrose High School Orchestra (with Music Director Mary Weeks), Melrose Youth Orchestra, All-State Orchestra, and Northeast Senior District Orchestra. He is newly recommended for Eastern States Orchestra.

An avid runner, Eli is captain for his school’s varsity teams, Vice-President of the National Honor Society, member of the Chess Club, and a Student Action Leader for the Melrose Alliance Against Violence. He was the one boy from his city honored with the Middlesex League SILS Award (Scholarship, Integrity, Leadership & Service).

Eli was featured as a soloist for his city’s Inaugural Ceremony, and he performs (along with his three siblings) for many other charitable causes, including the Massachusetts General Hospital Healing Arts Program. Eli attended the exclusive “Camp Nirvana” in Seattle with the Philadelphia String Quartet for two summers and most recently studied with renowned cellist Roger Lebow at the Beverly Hills International Music Festival. He frequently performs as a solo and chamber music recitalist, including with Bertica Shulman Cramer at Newton’s Lifetime Learning’s Sound of Music series. Eli is deeply honored and grateful for this opportunity to be playing with Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra.

Eli Kaynor plays his German “Ferdinand Palfer” cello circa 1934 from Reuning & Son Violins.