Dennis O'Boyle joined the second violin section of the Pittsburgh Symphony in the fall of 2000 under Music Director Mariss Jansons, and attained the position of Fourth Chair in 2003. Before arriving in Pittsburgh, Mr. O'Boyle spent three years in Florida as a fellow in Miami Beach's New World Symphony and subsequently Principal Second Violin of the Florida Orchestra, Tampa Bay.
Since arriving in Pittsburgh, Mr. O'Boyle has been active in the musical life of the city. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette named his performance of George Crumb's String Quartet Black Angels with the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Project one of the top ten classical music events of 2003. In February 2005, his "effortless technique" (Jane Vranish, Post-Gazette) in the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra's presentation of Schubert's Octet made for a "sterling performance" (Mark Kanny, Pittsburgh Tribune Review). Dennis enjoys numerous other opportunities presenting chamber music in western Pennsylvania. In addition, for the past two summers he has attended the prestigious Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming.
From a musical family, Dennis began studying the violin at the age of three with his mother and grew up surrounded by the sounds of string playing from her numerous students as well as his four sisters, who all went on to become professional musicians. Mr. O'Boyle spent his early childhood in Lincoln, Nebraska, but later the family spent five years in Peru and Chile, which was formative in cultivating his continuing passion for world travel.
Mr. O'Boyle holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, as a student of Oswald Lehnert. He earned his Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Ik Hwan Bae. He lives in Squirrel Hill with his wife, Anna Wukich, and their son, Henry, born in June 2006.