Bassist Leonid Finkelshteyn enjoys an active career as a performer and teacher. Currently principal bassist of the North Carolina Symphony, which he joined in 1996, and the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra in North Carolina since 1999, Mr. Finkelshteyn also serves on the faculty of East Carolina University, North Carolina State University and the Eastern Music Festival; in addition to maintaining a large private studio.
As a soloist, he has made numerous concerto appearances with the North Carolina Symphony, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra and the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra in Wisconsin including works by Bottesini ,Bruch, Koussevitsky and Tubin. Mr. Finkelshteyn has also performed the North American premiere of Gareth Glyn’s Microncerto and the world premiere of J.Mark Scearce’s Antaeus, a concerto for double bass and orchestra which the NorthCarolina Symphony commissioned for Mr. Finkelshteyn.
Other artistic pursuits have included tours with the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. In addition, Mr. Finkelshteyn has appeared with the St. Louis, Cincinnati and Dallas Symphonies as guest principal Bassist. He also performed with the All Star Orchestra under the direction of Gerard Schwarz as part of a series of programs for PBS.
A native of Leningrad in the former Soviet Union, he joined the Symphony Orchestra of the Leningrad Philharmonic at only 19
years of age, while still a student at the Leningrad Conservatory from which he earned a M.M., graduating with honors. His primary teachers were Peter Weinblatt and Sergei Akopov. Eventually, he became principal bassist of the Symphony Orchestra and was a prize winner of the Soviet Union Bass Competition before emigrating to the U.S. in 1990.