Lucas Velasquez, 16, is a junior and cellist at Cypress Ranch High School under the orchestral direction of Elizabeth Ledford. This is his third season with Virtuosi of Houston. He has been playing the cello for 6 years, currently studying with Wendy Butler of the Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera Orchestras. He has also played piano for 6 years. Lucas has participated in the 2017 Virtuosi of Houston Small Ensemble summer workshop, and was a member of Region 27 Symphony Orchestra in 2018. His hobbies include karting, playing games, and folding paper airplanes. While he loves music, he has a passion for airplanes, from early propeller to modern jets, studying how each aircraft was built and fulfills its purpose. He dreams of being a future pilot.