Orchestral Experience

As a part of his school curriculum, Eliah’s first symphonic steps were made at the age of 15 in the school orchestra in Plovdiv. It was meant to become a memorable experience, as the ambitious programme (Dvorak’s New World Symphony and C. Franck’s Symphonic Variations)  was put together for an international tour in France and Germany. It was not a bad start at all.

Once at the Vienna University of Music Eliah earned some money to help him finance his student life at the so called Pro Arte Orchestra - a student orchestra that serviced the conducting students, learning their craft. A bright memory of that time was Eliah’s encounter with fellow-student Kirill Petrenko, now the designated chief of the Berlin Philharmonic. Eliah still remembers playing “Dead and Transfiguration” under his baton…

Later on, a fellow-student at the Mannheim Academy drew Eliah’s attention to the International Laureates Chamber Orchestra “I Palpiti”, based in Los Angeles. It was meant to become one of Eliah’s most inspirational experiences. Going there year after year, this group took him on tours through the US but also in Japan and Israel. The artistic value of “I Palpiti" was very high and the friendships Eliah found were meant to last for life…

Eliah’s first orchestra appointment was in 2003 as Principal Cello with the Málaga Philharmonic in Spain, right after he had finished his studies in Mannheim at the age of 25. Three years later (2006) he quit this job and moved to live with his future wife Caroline in Madrid. From there he applied for a Principal job with the Sao Paulo State Symphony and two years later (in 2008) he was in Brazil, leading the cellos of this amazing orchestra. As life can be quite turbulent in South America and the moods ever changing, Eliah returned to Germany in 2010 to assume a leading job at the Theater Regensburg. It was in the beautiful Bavarian town where Eliah has had his best time in Germany ever. In 2011 before even finishing his term in Regensburg he was invited for a trial and subsequently became the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Principal Cellist.


In his career as Principal Cellist and Section Principal Eliah has played with renowned conductors, some of whom have put down their names, giving testimony about Eliah's performance and quality of work:

© 2012 by Eliah Sakakushev-von Bismarck

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