Jenny Topilow

Jenny Topilow

On Stage

Born into an artistic family, Jenny began violin lessons at the age of three. Continuing her love for the violin, she studied under former Cleveland Orchestra member Stephen Majeske throughout high school and received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2002. Afterward, Jenny earned her Master of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University. While in Pennsylvania, she studied with Andres Cardenes, the concertmaster of the Pittsburg Symphony. After graduating in 2004, Jenny came to North Carolina and joined the Charlotte Symphony in September of that year. When she is not playing the violin, Jenny enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, shopping, running, yoga, hiking, watching football, and having fun with friends and family.

Off Stage

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Joined the Charlotte Symphony: 2004-2005

Why did you select your instrument?
I saw Itzhak Perlman on Sesame Street when I was 3 years old.

What would most surprise people about you?
I'm pretty much the most awkwardly open person ever, so nothing is a surprise. I volunteer for Charlotte's Animal Care and Control, usually as a foster parent. So far we have placed 25 dogs (who otherwise might not have had a chance), into loving homes. It is extremely rewarding. I am also a pretty avid sports fan. Go Cavs!

If you could meet one composer, who would it be and what would you ask him/her?
Beethoven. I'd ask him about his tempo markings

Favorite on-stage moment?
Thinking back to being on stage with and accompanying Rene Fleming still gives me chills. The beauty of her voice is overwhelming; it filled the hall in a way I didn't even know was possible.

Other than your instrument, what would we find in your instrument case?
Pictures of my kids and my husband, and a mini pin collection

What do you love most about being a professional musician?
The intense beauty of great music