Cellist Claudio Jaffé launched his solo performance career at the age of 11 with an orchestral debut in his native Brazil. His recitals and guest solo appearances with multiple orchestras have brought him to play in prestigious artistic centers around the world including those in New York City, London, Tokyo, Ottawa, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Buenos Aires. The New York Times describes Jaffé as “an elegant and accomplished artist” of “taste, technique, musicianship, and a contagious youthful enthusiasm.” He is cellist of the Delray String Quartet and principal cellist of the Florida Grand Opera and Palm Beach Symphony, and conductor of the Florida Youth Orchestra. A prizewinner in numerous national and international competitions, Jaffé received four degrees from Yale University including the Doctor of Musical Arts. He served as Dean of the Lynn University Conservatory of Music and created their Preparatory Division, began the Strings Program at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, has been Resident Conductor of the Florida Youth Orchestra for over 19 years, and is currently teaching at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Jaffé has conducted, performed and taught at the Santa Catarina Music Festival (FEMUSC) and performs regularly at the Sunflower and Buzzards Bay Music Festivals.