Assistant Principal Cello
The Adele Gidwitz Chair
Olsen joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as assistant principal cello in
He is a
graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and a winner of the school’s
prestigious concerto competition. His other awards include first prize in the
Nakamichi Cello Competition at the Aspen Music Festival and second prize at the
2002 Holland-America Music Society Competition. His teachers have included
Richard Aaron at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Joel Krosnick at New York’s
Juilliard School of Music and Luis Garcia-Renart at Bard College. He also has
been a participant at the Steans Institute for Young Artists (the Ravinia
Festival’s professional studies program for young musicians) and at Boston
University’s Tanglewood Institute.
A native of
New York, Kenneth Olsen is a founding member of the East Coast Chamber
Orchestra, a conductorless string orchestra comprised of young musicians from
orchestras and ensembles all over the country.
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