Konstantin Umansky was born in Odessa, U.S.S.R., and graduated from the Odessa Conservatory in 1974. From 1974-78 he was assistant concertmaster of the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre in addition to performing many solo engagements. After playing in the first violin section of the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra for two seasons, he arrived in the United States in 1979. He became a member of the St. Cecilia Orchestra, and the Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra in New York. He also played in the Virginia Festival of the Performing Arts Orchestra in Norfolk, the Soviet Emigre Orchestra at the Ticonderoga (NY) Festival and the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Umansky joined the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in 1981 and has been soloist on several occasions. He and his wife, a cellist, are the parents of two sons. Away from the violin, he enjoys music by The Beatles, bowling and playing softball and soccer.
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