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Andra Lunde Padrichelli


Andra Lunde Padrichelli, principal cellist of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra since 2003, began her cello studies in Santa Barbara, California.

She has appeared as a soloist with the DPO, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and the Idyllwild Arts Academy and has performed in recitals in Indiana, New York, Ohio, California, Massachusetts and Spoleto, Italy.

Andra has played in the Fort Worth Symphony as Assistant Principal and has played in the Cincinnati Symphony and Detroit Symphony.

She was principal cellist of Indiana University, Eastman School of Music, and Spoleto Festival  orchestras, and she has received many awards, including First Prize in the New York ASTA competition in 1997.

She received her Bachelor of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate in 1998 from the Eastman School of Music. 

From 2001 to 2003, Andra was a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida, under Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas.

She has studied with Ronald Leonard in Los Angeles and Pamela Frame at  Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and she was the teaching assistant of Professor János Starker at the Indiana University School of Music, where she received her Artist Diploma.

Andra is a two-time breast cancer survivor and attributes her recovery to a busy life of performing and teaching and her energetic family.

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