Violinist Valeria Vilker-Kuchment is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where she occupies the Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser Chair. She received her graduate and postgraduate degrees from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where she was a student of Yuri Yankelevich. Vilker-Kuchment was a prizewinner in a number of international violin and chamber music competitions, including the International Violin Competition in Prague and the International Piano-Trio Competition in Munich, where she was awarded first prize. She has appeared as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician throughout the former Soviet Union, Poland, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Italy, and France.

Since coming to the United States, Vilker-Kuchment has performed throughout the country, winning critical acclaim for her appearances in Boston, Washington, and New York's Lincoln Center, and she has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra. Vilker-Kuchment has also been first violin for the Apple Hill Chamber Players, and concertmaster for the Harvard Chamber Orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Boston Philharmonic.

B.M., Gnesiny State Musical Pedagogical Institute (Moscow); graduate and post-graduate degrees, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Violin with Yuri Yankelevich. Recordings on Melodiya, USSR, Sine Qua Non, Sonora, Boston. Former faculty of Moscow Conservatory. Also faculty of the Tanglewood Music Center and Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

Photo by Michael J. Lutch/courtesy BSO



  • Violin section, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser Chair
  • First Prize winner, International Piano Trio Competition, Munich
  • Frequent Soloist with Boston Pops Orchestra