Rudy Lekhter was born in Odessa, Ukraine (former USSR) into a blue-collar family. He began piano and voice studies at age 5. At age 8 Rudy was selected to study violin with Boris Brant at the renowned Odessa Music Stolyarsky school, where he studied for eleven years before entering the Odessa State Conservatory Conservatory to study with Professor V. Mordkovich. After a mandatory year of military service, he entered a post-graduate course at Leningrad Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory under Professor Michael Wayman. Shortly after that he was invited to join the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra under direction of the great maestro Evgeny Mravinsky.
In 1978 Rudy and his family left the Soviet Union and arrived as political refugees in the US. He won his audition for the Minnesota Orchestra the following year.
Rudy taught at St. Olaf College for ten years. He has performed chamber music as a member of the Twin Cities String Quartet in schools across the Cities and Greater Minnesota, and has appeared as soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra under the batons of maestros Sir Neville Mariner, Leonard Slatkin, and Maxim Shostakovich.
Rudy is a life-long student of history, reading US and world history as well as biographies.