Sofie Yang

violin

Sofie Yang picked the violin at the age of seven after a symphony “petting zoo,” and the orchestral setting remains her favorite musical experience today! She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin with Samantha George, where she won the concerto competition performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto, was featured on Wisconsin Public […]

Carmen Abelson

violin

Violinist Carmen Abelson (she/her/hers) works throughout the Chicagoland and Midwest areas as a solo, chamber, and orchestral performer and music educator. A member and sometimes concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for three years, Abelson was a Civic Orchestra Fellow from 2017 through 2019, in which year she won positions with the West Michigan […]

John Heffernan

violin

John Heffernan is an innovative and passionate violinist and educator. At the age of fifteen, he made his orchestral debut with the Beach Cities Symphony after being named winner of the Young Artist of the Future Competition. Born and raised in Manhattan Beach, California, John Heffernan received his Bachelor of Music Degree from the Cleveland […]

Maya Shiraishi

Maya Shiraishi

A native of Hiroshima, Japan, Maya Shiraishi began violin studies at age four. After completing high school and undergraduate studies at Tokyo College of Music, she moved to Chicago to attend Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. While studying at Roosevelt, Maya performed with the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the nation’s premier training program for […]

Sofia Levchenko

Sofiya Levchenko, violin

Sofia Levchenko is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in violin performance at Michigan State University, where she studies under the tutelage of Prof. Dmitri Berlinsky. She is widely experienced in the performance of different styles of music in solo, chamber and orchestra settings. Sofia was born in Uzbekistan and studied at the State Conservatory of […]

Hannah Christiansen

Hannah Christiansen, violin

Hannah Christiansen is a violinist based out of Chicago, IL. She holds degrees from Oberlin College, Oberlin Conservatory, and Northwestern University, where she studied with Milan Vitek and Gerardo Ribeiro, respectively. She has performed in masterclasses for artists including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Midori, and Noah Bendix-Balgley. As a chamber musician, Hannah has been a Sponsored Artist […]

Oxana Sourine

Oxana Sourine

Oxana Sourine started playing violin at age 5. She studied with Turchaninova, Beshkina, and Belenky. After graduating from the Moscow State Conservatory, she was invited to play with Orchestra de Baja California, Mexico. That was the beginning of her musical adventure overseas. With the orchestra, as well as smaller music ensembles, she performed throughout Mexico. […]

Jennifer Kotchenruther

Jennifer Kotchenruther

Bio coming soon. Sponsored by Robert and Charlotte Chessman

Adam Liebert

Adam Liebert

Bio coming soon. Sponsored by Dr Alan Steinman

Jacie Robinson

Jacie Robinson

Since the age of four, Jacie Robinson has enjoyed studying the violin. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University where she studied under Charles Avsharian and Dmitri Berlinsky. Jacie has attended the Meadowmount School of Music in New York, and in 2005 had the opportunity to tour and perform with Dmitri Berlinsky as […]