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. Ms. Raykhtsaum is a graduate of the famous St. Petersburg Conservatory, where she studied with renowned violinist and teacher Yakov Ryabinkov. In 1980 she immigrated to the United States, where she joined the Houston Symphony as a first violinist, and in 1982 joined the violin section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Raykhtsaum has appeared as soloist Glazunov's Violin Concerto with the Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by John Williams. She teaches privately and is an established chamber musician, performing frequently with her husband, BSO principal cellist Jules Eskin.