The Harvey At-Large Chair
Eileen Korbak Wynne is originally from Pittsburgh, where she began violin lessons at the age of six. While studying under teacher and composer Paul Sladek, she received many awards and recognitions.
One of the youngest winners of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Competition, Wynne was a runner-up for Ted Mack’s nationally televised Original Amateur Hour. Competing against many talented tri-state violinists, she also won a most coveted prize, the violin that she now performs on, a 1782 Tomasso Eberle. Her studies continued at Duquesne University under the instruction of Richard Goldner and Charminan Gadd, a former student of Josef Gingold, giving her the opportunity to participate in master classes with Josef Gingold. She was chosen to play first violin in the International Youth Symphony in Lausanne, Switzerland, and as a graduating senior was awarded the Seibert Medal, an honor designating her outstanding musical performance and excellent academic record throughout college. She was also nominated by Duquesne University to be included in Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.
Upon graduation in 1975, having been offered orchestral positions in Reykjavik, Iceland and Adelaide, Australia, Wynne chose to accept a position in the North Carolina Symphony. Some of her other musical experiences include being assistant concertmistress at the Spoleto Music Festival in Spoleto, Italy, the Des Moines Metro Opera Festival, numerous chamber music groups and festivals, and the Civic Light Opera in Pittsburgh. She has performed with two of the “heavyweights” of the vocal world, Luciano Pavoratti and Barry White.
Wynne has also been called upon to play mandolin with the North Carolina Symphony.
Wynne is married to Dr. Bill Wynne, a prominent dentist in Raleigh. They both share a full and busy life with their six children – ALL BOYS! Dr. and Mrs. Wynne are very proud of their boys’ many accomplishments in school, music, art, and athletics. Eileen would like to thank the North Carolina Symphony management for her many maternity leaves over the past years.