Studied under Peter Weinblatt and Serge Akopov. In addition to serving on the ECU School of Music faculty as double bass instructor, Finkelshteyn serves as principal bassist of the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, The Eastern Festival Orchestra in North Carolina, and The Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra in Wisconsin. Finkelshteyn also serves on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival.
As a soloist, he has made numerous concerto appearances with both the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra and the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra including the North American premier of Gareth Glyn’s Microncerto. Other artistic pursuits include tours with the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Philharmonia Hungarica in addition to appearing with the Leningrad Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Dallas Symphonies as guest principal bassist. He has also performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Milwaukee Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony.
A native of Leningrad, in the former Soviet Union, he joined the Symphony Orchestra of the Leningrad Philharmonic at only 19 years of age, while still a student at the Leningrad Conservatory from which he earned a M.M. graduating with honors. His primary teachers were Peter Weinblatt and Serge Akopov. Eventually he became principal bassist of the Symphony Orchestra and was a prize winner of the Soviet Union Bass Competition before emigrating to the U.S. in 1990.