Yefim Romanov, First Assistant Concertmaster


Violinist Yefim Romanov, a Russian-American violinist, joined the orchestra as first assistant concertmaster during the 2021-22 season. Previously, he was rotating concertmaster of the New World Symphony from 2018-2021.

As an orchestral musician, Romanov has been invited to be part of the Arizona Musicfest, and has been concertmaster of the Miami Music Festival, Ocala Symphony Orchestra and the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra. He also has been invited to perform with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He is a recipient of a prestigious career grant from the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation and a recipient of the Henry and Lucy Moses Fellowship at Yale University.

During his summers, Romanov has been a fellow at festivals such as Spoleto Music Festival USA, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Colorado College Music Festival and Banff Music Festival.

As a chamber musician, he has worked with other members of Brentano String Quartet, Pacifica Quartet and Ying Quartet. He has performed alongside renowned artists such as Midori, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham and Valery Gergiev.

Romanov was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and holds an artist diploma degree from Yale University, a master’s degree from Indiana University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. His primary teachers have been the legendary Ilya Kaler, Kevork Mardirossian and Hyo Kang.

Aside from music, Romanov enjoys tennis, ballroom dancing and playing in chess tournaments.