An avid lover of all types of music, Serge Zenisek started playing the violin at age six after seeing Joshua Bell perform in Portland, Oregon, and, as his interest in other things has waxed and waned, his love of music has remained constant throughout his life.
For ten years while growing up in Oregon, Serge studied violin with Josef Gingold and Jascha Heifetz’s former pupil Carol Sindell at Portland State University, and he performed with the PSU Symphony Orchestra as a high schooler. While attending Yale, he was a student of Kyung Yu at the Yale School of Music and played with the Yale Symphony Orchestra, with which he performed at Carnegie Hall. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in 2011 with majors in psychology and music, he moved to New York City, and in 2013 he started a new phase in his life, beginning his Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience at the City University of New York Graduate Center and joining the String Orchestra of Brooklyn. Through the years, Serge has played in ensembles spanning the genres of classical, jazz, rock, hip-hop, and new music.