Assistant Principal Cello
Lukas Goodman joins the Minnesota Orchestra in September 2023 for select concerts and will begin his tenure full-time as assistant principal cello at the end of December. He began playing the cello at the age of 11, studying with Anne Bennett at the community music school in his hometown of Winchester, Massachusetts. In 2016 he began his studies at the Rice University Shepherd School of Music with Desmond Hoebig, where he was awarded the Shepherd Society award. While at Rice, he won first prize in the Shepherd School Concerto Competition, as well as a gold medal at the 35th annual Young Texas Artists Music Competition. After graduating from Rice, he attended the University of Southern California under the tutelage of Ralph Kirshbaum. He currently resides in New York, where he studies with Joel Krosnick and Carter Brey, and recently enrolled at the Juilliard School. He has also given solo and chamber recitals in Manhattan through the Salon 58 series, Gotham Arts series and the After Arts Group, and in Houston through The Verreaux Collective.
Goodman has participated in numerous music festivals, including Kneisel Hall, the Perlman Music Program, the Aspen Music Festival and the Heifetz International Institute of Music. For the past two summers he has served as principal cellist of the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. In addition to his primary teachers, he has had the privilege of studying with esteemed pedagogues such as Hans Jørgen Jensen, Richard Aaron, Frans Helmerson and Wolfgang Emmanuel Schmitt. He has also studied chamber music with Joel Krosnick, Laurie Smukler, Cho Liang-Lin and Jon Kimura Parker.
In 2019, Goodman made his concerto debut with the Missouri Symphony, performing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto, which he performed again in 2020 with the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra. He was named a finalist in the 2022 Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra Young Artist Competition, and in 2023 was awarded first prize at the George Gershwin International Competition, as well as the special prize for the best performance of a work by Gershwin. Lukas plays on a 2011 Grubaugh and Seifert cello on generous loan from the Virtu Foundation, and a 2017 bow by Matthew Wehling.