2019-20 BSO Second Violins

Haldan Martinson


Carl Schoenhof Family chair, endowed in perpetuity

Haldan Martinson made his solo debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1990 and made his national television debut in 1988 performing on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show.

Julianne Lee

Assistant Principal

Charlotte and Irving W. Rabb chair, endowed in perpetuity

Julianne Lee has a distinctive career as both a violinist and violist, appearing frequently as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. Currently assistant principal second violinist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she has been a member of the violin section since 2006.

Sheila Fiekowsky

BSO: Shirley and J. Richard Fennell chair, endowed in perpetuity

A member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1975, Sheila Fiekowsky was born in Detroit and began studying the violin at the age of nine when she was offered a violin through a public school program.

Nicole Monahan

BSO: David H. and Edith C. Howie chair, endowed in perpetuity

Violinist Nicole Monahan joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in April 1995, having most recently been assistant principal second violinist of the Charleston Symphony.

Ronan Lefkowitz

Born in Oxford, England, Ronan Lefkowitz joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1976. Mr. Lefkowitz is a graduate of Brookline High School and Harvard University.

Vyacheslav Uritsky

When Vyacheslav Uritsky applied for emigration from Russia to the United States, he was immediately dismissed from the Moscow Philharmonic, with which he had been a member of the first violin section for fourteen years.

Jennie Shames

BSO: Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser chair

A multi-faceted musician, Jennie Shames was invited to join the Boston Symphony Orchestra the season after her magna cum laude graduation from Harvard University in 1979.

Valeria Vilker Kuchment

BSO: Kristin and Roger Servison chair

Valeria Vilker Kuchment received her graduate and postgraduate degrees from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where she was a student of Yuri Yankelevich; upon finishing her studies, she became a faculty member at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory College.

Aza Raykhtsaum

Aza Raykhtsaum was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and began playing piano at a very early age. Her formal violin training began at age six, and later she was accepted to one of the most prestigious music schools in the country.

Bonnie Bewick

A member of the Boston Symphony since 1987, Bonnie Bewick attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and earned her bachelor's degree in music in 1986 from the Curtis Institute of Music.

James Cooke

James Cooke received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and his master’s degree from Boston University.

Victor Romanul

Violinist Victor Romanul, who holds the Bessie Pappas Violin Chair, has been performing professionally since he was seven. An active recitalist, teacher, and soloist, he has performed throughout the world.

Catherine French

Canadian violinist Catherine French, a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1994, has established herself as a versatile and accomplished soloist and chamber musician in addition to her distinguished orchestral career.

Jason Horowitz

Violinist Jason Horowitz joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2006 Pops season.

Ala Jojatu

Ala Jojatu joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s violin section at the start of the 2011-12 season.

Bracha Malkin

BSO: Brooks and Linda Zug chair

Violinist Bracha Malkin joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2016-17 season; she has performed worldwide in recital as well as with orchestras in Europe, Russia, Israel, South America, and Japan, and was a regular substitute violinist with the New York Philharmonic.