Jeremy Black

Violinist Jeremy Black was applauded for his “musical fire” and “effortless technique” by the Chicago Tribune for his debut performance with the Chicago Symphony at age 12, winning first prize in the nationally broadcast 1991 Illinois Bell/WTTW Young Performers Competition.  More recently, his “fabulous tone” and “polished, reliable virtuosity” were noted by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in his “sensational” solo debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. 

Mr. Black has been Principal Second Violin of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 2017 after performing in the section of the First Violins for 15 years.  He also serves as Concertmaster of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra each summer in Chicago, a position he has held since 2005.  He has performed as a guest Concertmaster with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Buffalo Philharmonic, and in the violin sections of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Cleveland Orchestra.  He began his professional orchestral career in 2000 as a first violinist in the Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago. 

As a soloist and leader, he has performed concertos with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Grant Park Orchestra, Pittsburgh Live Chamber Ensemble, and in subscription concerts with the Chicago String Ensemble and Evanston Symphony.  He won first prizes in the University of Michigan and Case Western Reserve University concerto competitions, the Society of American Musicians Competition, the Nordic Musical Arts Competition, and the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition.

A native of Evanston, Illinois, Mr. Black studied with the late Mark Zinger, a former student and colleague of David Oistrakh.  Mr. Black's secondary education began in 1996 at Case Western Reserve University where he studied with Linda Cerone at the Cleveland Institute of Music.  After graduating, he moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to pursue his Masters degree with Paul Kantor at the University of Michigan.

Mr. Black resides in Pittsburgh's Highland Park neighborhood with his wife, Kate, and their two sons.  He plays a violin made by Lorenzo and Tommaso Carcassi, dated 1783.