A native of Westchester County, New York, violinist Naomi Youngstein attended the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division and later received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in violin performance from the school. As a student of Burton Kaplan, Youngstein won the school’s concerto competition and the Ravel Academie competition, for which she was awarded a trip to France to attend masterclasses at the Ravel Academie. While a student at the Manhattan School, she performed with the school’s orchestra (as concertmaster) and the Manhattan Contemporary Ensemble. Youngstein attended the National Repertory Orchestra festival for two seasons; in her second season with the ensemble, she was assistant concertmaster and performed a concerto with the orchestra.
Youngstein is assistant personnel manager of the New Jersey Symphony. She is a mentor and teacher in the New Jersey Symphony’s Coach-in-Residence Program, serves as leader of the New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestra’s String Ensemble and is a coach for the New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Academy Orchestra.
She has taught at the Thurnauer School of Music of the Jewish Community Center in Tenafly and at Rutgers Prep School; she often coaches for the New Jersey Youth Symphony and has given workshops for several area high-school orchestras. For several years she was a chamber music coach and instrumental class leader at the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) summer Chamber Music Institute at Rutgers University, and she is the former treasurer of ASTA NJ. She teaches violin privately at her home studio in West Orange, and she regularly sends students to Regions, All-State, ASTACAP and music camps.