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Sheila Fiekowsky

Shirley and J. Richard Fennell chair, endowed in perpetuity, Boston Symphony Orchestra

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A member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1975, Sheila Fiekowsky was born in Detroit and began studying the violin at the age of 9 when she was offered a violin through a public school program. Her musical studies quickly progressed when her teacher, a bass player, insisted she begin lessons with Emily Mutter Austin, a violinist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Her summers were spent at the Meadowmount School of Music, where she studied violin with Ivan Galamian and chamber music with Joseph Gingold. She appeared as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at 16 and that same year won the National Federation of Music Clubs Biennial Award.

Fiekowsky attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where she continued her studies with Ivan Galamian and also studied with Jaime Laredo. In chamber music classes, she worked with Felix Galimir and members of the Guarneri Quartet. She holds a master's degree from Yale University, where her teacher was Joseph Silverstein. Her chamber music experience includes performances at the Marlboro, Norfolk, and Aspen music festivals. Fiekowsky is a regular performer in Symphony Hall Supper Concerts and Tanglewood Prelude Concerts and has been heard in numerous chamber music and solo concerts in the Boston area. Her solo appearances include concerts with the Newton Symphony Orchestra, North Shore Symphony Orchestra, Mystic Valley Orchestra, and Boston Pops Orchestra. Fiekowsky lives in Newton with her husband and two children. She plays a Hieronymus Amati violin made circa 1670 in Cremona, Italy.

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