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Ilya Finkelshteyn

Instrument: Cello

Education: The Juilliard School

Hometown: Leningrad, Russia

Neighborhood: Erlanger, Kentucky

Joined the CSO in 2009

Professional experiences: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, section cello 1997-2002; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, principal cello 2002-2009; principal cello, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra 2004-present

Sources of inspiration: Firstly every piece of music we work on, secondly my colleagues, thirdly Music Hall and, of course, my students.

What's on your playlist? Beethoven String Quartets

Favorite things to do in Cincinnati: Surveying different neighborhoods, museums and golf courses

Favorite meal: I am a big fan of a great chicken soup.

Actively involved in these organizations: I am member of Mostly Mozart Festival in New York City and I am on the faculty of University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

Favorite hobby: Golf

Oddest practice quarters: I once practiced in the luggage compartment of a moving train.

How can the Orchestra make the world a better place?: Great music brings beauty, joy, emotions, purity and unforgettable experience.