Kelsey Blumenthal

Kelsey Blumenthal joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at the beginning of the 2014-15 season. Originally from Cape Elizabeth, Maine, she studied at the Juilliard Pre-College in high school, and earned her Bachelor of Music degree from The Colburn School in Los Angeles. She received her Master of Music Degree from New England Conservatory in May 2014. 

An active chamber musician, Blumenthal has studied as a fellow at the Taos School of Music, Aspen and Sarasota Music Festivals, and the Tanglewood Music Center. She has also been a guest artist at the Laguna Beach Music Festival. At New England Conservatory, she was a member of the conductor-less Chamber Orchestra and her piano quartet, the Frost Quartet, won the 2013-2014 Honors Ensemble competition.

While living in Boston, she was a member of the first violin section in the Portland (Maine) Symphony and the Discovery Ensemble, as well as a substitute player with the Boston Symphony, New World Symphony and Emmanuel Music. Her primary teachers have been Robert Lipsett, Malcolm Lowe, Arnold Steinhardt, Catherine Cho and Bonnie Black. Other important mentors include Joyce Robbins, Richard Rood, Charles Castleman and her mother, Holly Ovenden.