Ausra Jasineviciute was born in Lithuania, where she began her violin studies at age eight. Ten years later, while in college, she switched from violin to viola and in 1997 she earned her Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from the Academy of Music in Vilnius. Two years later she earned also her Master of Social Sciences from Vilnius Pedagogical University.
In 2001 Ms. Jasineviciute came to the United States to continue her studies in Viola Performance. In 2004 she earned her Master of Music in Viola Performance from Southeastern Louisiana University and in 2011 her Doctor of Music in Music Performance from Florida State University. During her graduate studies in Louisiana, she was a member of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and the Jefferson Performing Arts Society Orchestra. During 2004 and 2005 she was a member of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and a resident artist in the Teatime Concert Series in Tallahassee, Florida.
Ms. Jasineviciute is an accomplished chamber music musician and was a member of the Southeastern Louisiana University String Quartet, which was a semifinalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in 2002. She also is a winner of the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition in the State of Florida Division.
Besides her career in performance, Ms. Jasineviciute’s resume includes teaching in the JPS string program, the String Program and Viola Class at Southeastern Louisiana University as a faculty member and the Viola Class at Florida State University as a graduate assistant. She and her husband, MSO Violist Hristo Hristov run the Orpheus String Studio, a private teaching studio.
Since September of 2005, she has been the Principal Violist of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra String Quartet. In addition to the MSO services, she as a violist is an active participant in most of the classical events in Jackson area including Mississippi and Millsaps colleges. Since 2004 during summers she participates in the Summer Festival of the Missouri Symphony Society in Columbia, Missouri.
*MSO core musician