Spotlight on Ilana Setapen, Milwaukee Symphony’s associate concertmaster

Posted on: February 26, 2018

Friday’s (2/23) Milwaukee Business Journal features an interview with Ilana Setapen, who “in 2009, at the age of 24, … became one of the youngest associate concertmasters in Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra history. Her resume has only grown since then…. She performs in many of the MSO’s nearly 50 free and low-cost concerts throughout the area. Q: Who’s your mentor? A: I’ve had many in my life, but most notably my violin professor in college, Robert Lipsett. He taught me how to practice violin with patience and really listen. Q: Favorite saying or word? A: “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”—Pablo Picasso. Q: Favorite type of music? A: It’s classical. But I like … ’60s rock ’n’ roll, blues and swing. Q: Favorite form of social media? A: Taking my son to the library for story time. Q: What would you tell your teenage self? A: Don’t feel bad about being a dork. It will work out for your benefit. Q: What do you like best about living in the Milwaukee area? A: It’s a big city with a small-town vibe. There is so much pride in those who live here.”

Posted February 26, 2018