Violinist Rudolf Lekhter joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1979. He has appeared as soloist with the Orchestra several times, performing concertos of Wieniawski, Paganini, Bartók and other composers under the batons of Sir Neville Marriner, Leonard Slatkin and Maxim Shostakovich. He has also served as acting assistant concertmaster with the Orchestra.
Born in Odessa, Lekhter studied at the Stolyarsky Music School, the Odessa Conservatory and the Leningrad Conservatory, where he earned a doctorate as a student of Michail Wyman. From 1974 to 1978 he was a member of the Leningrad Philharmonic.
Lekhter has been active in the Twin Cities as a chamber musician and teacher, serving on the faculties of St. Olaf College and the Rymer School of Music.