Ilana Kimel was born In Vilnius, Lithuania. Interesting fact, Jascha Heifetz was also born in Vilnius. Kimel completed her violin studies in Lithuania State Conservatory and moved to Jacksonville in 1989.
What do you want patrons to know about you?
I love classical music and am passionate about the violin.
Do you have any pre-concert rituals or routines?
Stretching before concerts helps to keep my body healthy.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional musician?
I would travel the world.
What teacher, mentor or other influencer inspired you the most?
My mother introduced me to Jascha Heifetz recordings early in my life. The rest is history.
What do you do in your spare time?
Walks on the beach, reading, traveling.
What is your favorite moment onstage?
When everything comes together and we sound like one instrument.
Who is your favorite composer?
Jacksonville Symphony performance in Carnegie Hall. Tour of Italy, France, and Switzerland with Santa Monica Chamber Orchestra. Touring Japan with Hollywood Pops Orchestra.