Lidanys Graterol discovered her passion for the cello at the age of eight, at the Ateneo de Coro in her home city of Falcón, Venezuela. She began her studies as a part of José Antonio Abreu’s System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela, known as “El Sistema.” In 2017, Ms. Graterol successfully auditioned to join Venezuela’s National Youth Symphony Orchestra. Since then she has performed with orchestras throughout Venezuela, including the prestigious Simon Bolivar Orchestra.
Ms. Graterol has performed works by Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Lalo, and other composers as a soloist with orchestras such as the Falcón Symphony Orchestra, the Falcón Regional Symphony Orchestra, and the Rafael Urdaneta Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Graterol was the first prize winner in the 2020 Bellagrande International Music Competition and the 2020 Roosevelt University Competition. She studies cello performance with Tanya Carey at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
Lidanys Graterol performs on a cello by Charles, J.B. Collin Mezin courtesy of Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins and Guarneri Hall NFP in Chicago.