Chamber music coach

Daniel Lachish, a former cellist, coaches small groups of players on a wide variety of chamber music repertoire.

Extraordinarily musically talented, he pursued a career as a cellist early on, supported by Kibbutz Givat Brenner and by many scholarships from the American-Israeli Foundation Sharet. Among his teachers of cello and chamber music were Uzi Wiesel, Shulamith Loren, Isaac Stern, Alexander Schneider, Mordechai Rechtman, David Sella, and Ramy Shevelov, the most renowned chamber music teacher in Israel. Daniel was the cellist in the “Army Quartet“ (the string quartet of the Israeli army) from 1975 to 1977; members of this quartet, such as Yigal Tuneh, later became renowned musicians in Israel.

Due to a tragic accident, which took the full control of his left hand from him, Daniel could not continue his career as a soloist and chamber musician. From 1978 to 1982, he studied cello at the Music Academy in Tel Aviv, though it had become clear by then that his ability to play professionally could not be restored.  He continued to play in the Kibbutzim orchestra and in amateur chamber music groups, worked as a cello teacher, and started to coach amateur chamber music groups privately.

In September 2009 he became the musical director and coach of the Chamber Music Performance Course, which he initiated and organised together with Prof. Ute Deichmann at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Following the methods of Prof. Rami Shevelov, with whom he studied chamber music, Daniel tries to break away from the routine way in which music is often played and to help the groups to develop their own way of playing. His emphasis is on listening; to listen to the intention of the music and to understand the spirit of the composer, and to listen to one another. Groups in this course perform concerts at the university, at other places in Israel, and abroad.  ​

To see previous events played by course members, see the Events and Concerts page.

Visit our YouTube channel to see previous concerts given by the Chamber Music Performance Course.


To hear recordings of Daniel Lachish's early playing, click these links:

Noam Sheriff - Confession for cello

Hector Villa Lobos - The jet whistle, for flute and cello (with Raanan Eylon)

Camille Saint Saens – Cello concerto no.1

Bach - Suites for solo cello