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Jessica Pasternak

Jessica Pasternak

Violist Jessica Pasternak Ingersoll joined the Columbus Symphony in June 2023. She grew up in Akron, Ohio, and started the viola at the age of 10. She later studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music in their Young Artists Program where she was a student of LembiVeskimets. She continued her studies with Robert Vernon and received a Bachelors and Professional Studies degrees as well as the Robert Vernon prize from the Cleveland Institute of Music. After graduating she was a fellow of the New World Symphony. 

Jessica has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra as a regular substitute and has joined them on multiple tours to Miami, Indiana, Iowa, and Chicago. She has also performed as a substitute with the Pittsburgh Symphony. In 2022, Jessica won the 2nd prize at the American Viola Society Excerpt Competition.  

As a chamber musician, Jessica has been praised by the South Florida Classical Review for her “dark-hued resonance” and “rich viola.” She has had the opportunity to perform with renowned artists including Atar Arad, Martin Chalifour, Timothy Eddy, Ralph Kirshbaum, TamásVarga, and Tabae Zimmerman.