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Walter Preucil, Cello

Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa

Joined Lyric Orchestra in 1988

Education: Eastman School of Music

Walter began his musical studies at age 4, taught by his mother Doris Preucil, a pioneer in teaching the Philosophy of Dr. Sinichi Suzuki. He studied cello at the Eastman School of Music with Paul Katz and at Indiana University with Janos Starker. As a solo performer, Walt has appeared as soloist with several orchestras, including The Cedar Rapids Symphony, The Illinois Chamber Symphony, and The Peninsula Music Festival in Wisconsin. His New York City debut recital in 2002 received critical acclaim. In 24 seasons performing with Midsummer’s Music Festival in Door County, Wisconsin, Walt has performed nearly all of the major chamber music repertoire. Walt teaches private lessons and is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. In past summers, he has been faculty at the Preucil School of music (Iowa City) and at the Interlochen Arts Camp (Michigan).

  • What was the scariest thing that ever happened to you in the pit?

During Act 3 of La Boheme I noticed my stand partner’s hand was bleeding. He had cut himself peeling an orange during the intermission. Thinking the bleeding had stopped, he got his cello and came into the pit. The bleeding started again after playing a  particularly rigorous passage. Not wanting to stop playing to take care of the cut, he kept playing until there was blood dripping down the front of his cello. (That’s when I noticed the ongoing carnage). He finally gave up and snuck out the back. I looked down during a two-bar rest to see a pool of blood under his chair. His hand made a full recovery, but Mimi still died.

  • Currently I’m reading:

Old Farmer’s Almanac

  • One of my favorite quotes:

“Think about how you want to spend your life, and spend your days accordingly” — Ben Franklin

  • What have you binge-watched lately?

The Rockford Files