Meeka Quan (cello) began her cello studies at age six in San Francisco with Suzuki Method teacher Beth Goldstein. After winning our Khuner Concerto Competition in 1997 at age 15, she made her solo debut with a professional orchestra, playing the Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the Pacific Symphony in Orange County, under the direction of Carl St. Clair. Meeka was offered a scholarship to the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Young Artist Program when only 15, where she finished her high school diploma. She then earned her Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance in 2002. During her last year in Cleveland, Meeka performed Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with the CIM orchestra.
At age 22, Meeka made her first audition for a professional orchestra, trying out for the associate principal cellist position with the Utah Symphony. Winning the highly competitive audition, she remained in Salt Lake for five years. As Meeka Quan DiLorenzo (having married Emmy-Award winning composer Anthony DiLorenzo), she moved to the Seattle Symphony as Assistant Principal Cello in 2009. An avid chamber musician, she has performed with members of the Juilliard and Cleveland string quartets, and has received invitations to the Aspen, Ravinia, Taos, Kingston, Sun Valley and Kneisel Hall music festivals. She has been a prizewinner in several national and international competitions. (Resume updated by Concerto Committee in 2016 from reliable online sources.)