Robert Schumitzky is a member of the first violin section with Pacific Symphony. He has served as Associate Concertmaster for the Opera Pacific Orchestra and has been a member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra since its inception in 1991. Prior to his move to California, Schumitzky performed with the St Louis Symphony, for four seasons, following two years with the Columbus Symphony. During his tenure with the St. Louis Symphony, the orchestra recorded the complete works of Samuel Barber. He also performed on national and international tours under the direction of both Leonard Slatkin and Raymond Leppard.
Schumitzky received his BM degree from the Juilliard School where he studied with Sally Thomas and Ivan Galamian and his MM degree from the St Louis Conservatory of Music as a student of Jacques Israelievitch. His master class performances include those of Henryk Szeryng, Josef Gingold, Alexander Schneider and Szymon Goldberg. Among his solo appearances, he has performed as a Young Artist Competition Winner with the Saint Louis Symphony. More recently, he performed both the Vivaldi and Piazzolla “Four Seasons” as soloist with Orchestra Nova in San Diego. In March 2006, Schumitzky joined Pacific Symphony on its first international tour performing in the great concert halls of Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hannover, Lucerne and Vienna. Schumitzky performs on the “Ex-Halir” Stradivarius made in 1694. He currently resides in Newport Beach, with his wife Erin Breene, and in his spare time enjoys playing Ice Hockey.