2020-21 BSO Cellos

Blaise Déjardin


Philip R. Allen chair, endowed in perpetuity

Strasbourg-born cellist Blaise Déjardin was appointed principal cello of the Boston Symphony Orchestra by BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons in spring 2018, having joined the BSO’s cello section in 2008. Previously, Déjardin was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester.

Oliver Aldort

BSO: Vernon and Marion Alden chair, endowed in perpetuity; BPO: Assistant Principal

Oliver Aldort joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in September 2015. Raised on Orcas Island, in Washington State, Oliver Aldort began his musical studies on cello and piano at the age of six. He gave his debut recital at age seven, and has performed as a soloist with orchestras since the age of ten.

Sato Knudsen

BSO: Mischa Nieland chair, endowed in perpetuity; BPO: Helene and Norman L. Cahners chair, endowed in perpetuity

Born in Baltimore in 1955, Sato Knudsen was raised in Newton, Massachusetts, began his musical studies as a violinist at the age of three, and switched to cello when he turned seven. Mr. Knudsen joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1983.

Martha Babcock

Since joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1973, Martha Babcock has served as the BSO’s assistant principal, associate principal, and acting principal cello, as well as principal cello of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Born in Freeport, Illinois, she began her musical studies at the age of six; at ten she chose to study the cello and made her solo debut with orchestra at fourteen.

Owen Young

BSO: John R. Cogan, Jr., and Mary L. Cornille chair, endowed in perpetuity

Cellist Owen Young joined the BSO in August 1991. A frequent collaborator in chamber music concerts and festivals, he has also appeared as concerto soloist with numerous orchestras.

Mihail Jojatu

BSO: Sandra and David Bakalar chair

Romanian-born cellist Mihail Jojatu joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s cello section in 2001 and became fourth chair at the start of the 2003-04 season.

Mickey Katz

BSO: Stephen and Dorothy Weber chair, endowed in perpetuity

Mickey Katz joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in September 2004. A native of Israel, he has distinguished himself as a solo performer, chamber musician, and contemporary music specialist.

Alexandre Lecarme

BSO: Nancy and Richard Lubin chair

A native of Grasse, France, Alexandre Lecarme joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2008-09 season. He graduated with the Premier Prix de Violoncelle from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in 1997.

Adam Esbensen

BSO: Richard C. and Ellen E. Paine chair, endowed in perpetuity

Adam Esbensen joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra in September 2008 after spending five years as a cellist with the Oregon Symphony. Mr. Esbensen began his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Stephen Geber.