• Ilya Finkelshteyn cello

    Ilya Finkelshteyn, cello

    Principal cellist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra since 2009, Ilya Finkelshteyn was praised by the Washington Post as a "complete master of his instrument," and has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. In 2002 he became Principal Cello of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Yuri Temirkanov. Prior to that, Mr. Finkelshteyn was a member of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for five seasons under the late Hans Vonk.

    Prize-winner of such competitions as the Brahms International Competition, Concertino Praga, Russian Cello Competition, the WAMSO International Competition, the Aspen Concerto Competition and the Chautauqua Concerto Competition, Ilya Finkelshteyn has appeared as a soloist with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and many other world-class orchestras including the National Repertory Orchestra. As a winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition, Mr. Finkelshteyn was a soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra on its tours to France and Bermuda. He has collaborated with András Schiff, Kirill Girstein, Hilary Hahn, David Soyer, Richard Goode, Joseph Silverstein, Jules Esken, Steven Ansell, Harold Robinson and Vadim Repin. Mr. Finkelshteyn has been heard on Wisconsin Public Radio, Maine Public Radio, KFUO-FM in St. Louis, and WYPR in Baltimore.

    He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cello at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

    Ilya Finkelshteyn started his education at the Special Music School at the St. Petersburg Conservatory under the tutelage of Sergei Chernyadiev. After immigrating to the United States, he studied one year at the University of Minnesota School of Music with Tanya Remenikova and six years at the Juilliard School with Harvey Shapiro, where he was coached by Felix Galimir, Samuel Sanders, and members of the Juilliard String Quartet. Mr. Finkelshteyn plays a cello by Domenico Montagnana circa 1730 courtesy of Cincinnatti Symphony Orchestra.