Columbus Symphony Orchestra Musicians

Yoni Draiblate


Israeli Born Cellist Yoni Draiblate began his musical education at the age of 5, entering the Giva’tayim Conservatory at the age of 7. Yoni has appeared in prestigious festivals around the world, including Ravinia Festival, Lucerne Festival, Stockholm Festival, and Ravello Festival as well as on prestigious stages such as Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, Jordan Hall, Symphony Hall in Boston, The Kimmel Center, Teatro Colón, the Berlin Philharmonie, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and more.

As a soloist, Yoni has appeared with the Israel Philharmonic, Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble, Israel Camerata, Buchman-Mehta Symphony, Symphony in C, Temple University Symphony Orchestra, Prometheus Ensemble, and others. 

Yoni has toured the United States, Europe, and South America with orchestras such as the West Eastern-Divan and ‘iPalpiti orchestras and Israel Philharmonic. He has collaborated with Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulèz, Kurt Masur, Gustavo Dudamel, Branford Marsalis, Lambert Orkis, and other renowned artists. He has participated in masterclasses with Janos Starker, Bernard Greenhouse, Gary Hoffman, Laurence Lesser, Uzi Wiesel, Alban Berg Quartet, Borromeo Quartet, Heinrich Schiff, Natalia Gutman, Frans Helmerson, and Shanghai Quartet. 

Yoni is the former Principal Cellist of Symphony in C and the Haifa Symphony Orchestra and former Associate Principal Cellist of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. He also appeared as Guest Principal Cellist with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Draiblate is the co-founder of Music Transforms, a benefit concert series focusing on raising funds for a music program in Southwest Philadelphia. Music Transforms has featured world-renowned artists such as Branford Marsalis, Simone Dinnerstein, Ricardo Morales, ARTolerance, and others.

In addition to his private studio, Dr. Draiblate has served on the faculty of Doylestown Conservatory and has given masterclasses in Pennsylvania and Delaware. After completing his military service with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Yoni earned his Bachelor of Music from Tel-Aviv University, his Master of Music from the New England Conservatory, and his Doctor of Musical Arts from Temple University. Yoni is currently a full time member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Columbus, OH.

Yoni plays on a 2015 copy of the famous 1707 “Countess of Stanlein Ex-Paganini” Stradivarius Cello made in Oberlin, OH. The “Oberlin Countess” is one of only three cellos in the world built jointly by 60 world-renowned makers. Visit the following link for more information about Yoni’s cello: