Brian Helmke is Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UVA and Assistant Principal Cellist in the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra.  Recently, he has performed with the Heritage Theater Festival and UVA Drama productions. He is former Principal Cellist of the University of Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Northbrook (IL) Symphony Orchestra, the Racine (WI) Symphony Orchestra, and the Kenosha (WI) Symphony Orchestra. Brian studied cello with Harry Sturm and was a winner of the Kenosha Music Teachers Association Chopin Piano Competition.