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Melanie Kupchynsky

Biography

Melanie Kupchynsky

Melanie Kupchynsky has been a violinist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for more than 20 years, during which time the symphony has won 21 Grammys. She began studying violin at the age of four with her father, Jerry “Mr. K” Kupchynsky. Melanie began her career with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra under the direction of John Williams. With the Chicago Symphony Orchestra she has performed around the globe under the world’s greatest conductors and with the world’s most prominent soloists. She is also an active chamber musician, and she is a participant in the CSO’s Citizen Musician community outreach program. She and her family live near Chicago.

Photo Credit: Devon Cass

Books by Melanie Kupchynsky

by Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky - Education, Memoir, Music

His students knew Jerry Kupchynsky as "Mr. K," their Ukrainian-born music teacher who made them better than they had any right to be. Away from the classroom, though, life seemed to conspire against him at every turn. STRINGS ATTACHED takes you on his remarkable journey, which is told in alternating chapters by two childhood friends who reconnected decades later: journalist Joanne Lipman, his former student; and Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist Melanie Kupchynsky, his daughter.