Violinist Rebecca Anderson is a versatile soloist and chamber musician who strives to bring intimate and direct musical experiences to a wide variety of audiences. Recent performances range from solo appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, contemporary music premieres with A Far Cry and eighth blackbird, and collaborative projects with Questlove and Ben Folds.
Ms. Anderson's solo appearances have taken her across the country as soloist with the Oregon Symphony, Olympia Sympony, and Columbia Symphony orchestras, and to Europe with a recital concert at the Conservatorio de Bologna in Italy. Most recently, she was a first prize winner at the 2013 American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition for senior division violin. Other awards include the 2008 National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts youngARTS Gold Award, which led to being named a Presidential Scholar in both the Arts and Academics and an invitation to perform at the Kennedy Center. She was also awarded the bronze medal and Bach Award at the 2008 Stulberg International String Competition.
Ms. Anderson's passion for chamber music has led to festival appearances with Chamber Music Northwest, the Savannah Music Festival, Music From Angel Fire, Keshet Eilon Violin Mastercourse in Israel, and collaborations with Ani and Ida Kavafian, Itzhak Perlman, Andre Watts, and David Shifrin. She has performed on concerts presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, as well as appearances at the Kennedy Center and Library of Congress.
An avid arts advocate, Ms. Anderson has done extensive outreach programs with the Savannah Music Festival and Music From Angel Fire. She was one of twenty individuals selected to be a part of the 2010 Americans for the Arts National Arts Policy Roundtable at Sundance, an arts advocacy summit whose members included actress Kerry Washington. Ms. Anderson also was a part of the 2012 Americans for the Arts "Arts Advocacy Day" in Washington D.C, culminating in a performance with Ben Folds at the Kennedy Center. Ms. Anderson has performed on the nationally-broadcast radio show “From the Top,” and she was one of three musicians invited to a workshop with Michael Tilson Thomas that was filmed for the documentary series “Masterclass,” airing on HBO in 2010.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Ms. Anderson is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Ida Kavafian and Pamela Frank. She is currently studying with Ronald Copes and Donald Weilerstein while pursuing her masters degree at The Juilliard School.