Tracy Engman Finkelshteyn
  • Instrument First Violin

Violinist Tracy Engman Finkelshteyn, a Des Moines native, returned to Iowa in June, 2004.  She earned Bachelor of Music Education and Doctor of Music degrees from Northwestern University and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music.  Ms. Finkelshteyn was a member of the first violin sections of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and has performed with the Minnesota Opera, Rochester Symphony, Storioni Ensemble, Chicago Opera Theater, Door County Music Festival and has served on the faculty of several Universities including Northwestern, St. Olaf College, Carleton College and North Carolina State University.  She was also the first violinist of the Aurora String Quartet, based in Minneapolis and of the North Carolina Symphony Quartet.  Ms. Finkelshteyn was a member of the Des Moines Symphony from 1978 to 1980 and rejoined the Symphony in 2004 upon her return to Iowa.  In 2005, she joined the Belin Quartet.  Ms. Finkelshteyn also maintains a vibrant private violin studio.

Member of the Orchestra since

I played from 1978 to 1980, then joined again in 2004

Most memorable experience with the Orchestra

Winning the position while a junior in high school

How I got started playing my instrument

A string quartet came to play at my elementary school and I loved the sound, so started playing violin the following year.

Favorite composer

Bach and Brahms

Favorite solo piece

Any unaccompanied Bach piece


Cooking and gardening

Other than classical music _____ is on my iPod

Jazz vocals, particularly Ella Fitzgerald and alternative rock, such as Freedom Fry and Death Cab for Cutie