Kenneth Olsen

Cello. Assistant Principal, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Ken­neth Olsen joined the Chica­go Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra as assis­tant prin­ci­pal cel­lo in 2005.

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 (ECCO), a con­duc­tor­less string orches­tra com­prised of young musi­cians from orches­tras and ensem­bles all over the coun­try.