Kristin Ahlstrom

Kristin Ahlstrom

Second Violin

Associate Principal Virginia V. Weldon, M.D. Chair

Kristin Ahlstrom joined the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in 1996 and was appointed to the Associate Principal Second Violin chair in 2001. She had formerly been a member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra after completing both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance at Indiana University-Bloomington. Her violin teachers at Indiana included Henryk Kowalski, Josef Gingold, and Stanley Ritchie. She studied chamber music with Rostislav Dubinsky and, as a member of the Kono Quartet, was a finalist in the Osaka (Japan) International Chamber Music Competition. Ahlstrom spent two summers performing with the National Repertory Orchestra and was a featured soloist both seasons. Having grown up in Manchester, Missouri, she is a proud St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra alumna.

 An avid chamber musician, Ahlstrom performs regularly in the St. Louis Symphony's Education and Community programs. She is a member of the Ilex Piano Trio, along with her husband (pianist Peter Henderson) and St. Louis Symphony cellist Anne Fagerburg. In addition, she performs in a string trio featuring St. Louis Symphony musicians Shannon Farrell Williams and Bjorn Ranheim. Since 2001, as a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Ahlstrom has performed in both chamber music recitals and orchestral concerts in Idaho. She was a guest artist and faculty member at Indiana University's Summer Music series each year from 2006-13.

 Kristin Ahlstrom and Peter Henderson live in St. Louis's South City with their sweet and clever terrier mix, Zinni.

 Rev 12/14