Violinist Rebecca Benjamin, a native of Warsaw IN, is an engaging and versatile musician who has made appearance across the United States. An avid chamber musician, she has participated in the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Aspen Music Festival Wu Han/David Finkel Chamber Studio, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Mimir Chamber Music Festival, St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, and Caroga Lake Music Festival. She has worked with members of the Juilliard, Brentano, Cleveland, Orion, Pacifica and Cavani String Quartets.
Rebecca performed in Carnegie Hall as concertmaster of the 2016 New York String Orchestra Seminar and has also been a member of the Hartford Symphony and Akron Symphony orchestras. She served as concertmaster for the Cleveland Institute of Music orchestra, the Symphony of the Lakes, the Music Institute of Chicago Academy Chamber Orchestra and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Symphony. As winner of the Ft. Wayne Young Artist Competition junior and senior levels, Rebecca soloed with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic at their Young People's Concerts. She has also soloed with the Cleveland Institute of Music orchestra, the MasterWorks Festival orchestra, the Fort Wayne Youth Symphony, the Symphony of the Lakes, and the MIC Academy Chamber Orchestra. Rebecca was invited to the Dominican Republic with the Conciertos de la Villa de Santo Domingo where she was an orchestral member and gave outreach and chamber performances.
Together with the Munin Piano Trio (with pianist Anna Han and cellist Frankie Carr), Rebecca performed during the pandemic at the Lunenberg Academy of Music Performance in Nova Scotia, Canada as part of their Beethoven Celebration. Ms. Benjamin has participated in the Prussia Cove Masterclasses in Cornwall, England and additional highlights of her career have included a recital on the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series at the Cultural Center in Chicago, performances at the Harris Theater in Chicago, IL and at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC. She cares deeply about sharing her music with all ages and backgrounds and founded a series at her local retirement community, Rebecca and Friends, to bring music to the elderly together with other classical and folk performers. Currently, she teaches a small studio of adorable children through the Fairfield Trumball School of Music and loves creating imaginative programs with kids through music and interactive experiences.
Rebecca graduated summa cum laude with her bachelors degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and holds additional degrees from CIM and the Yale School of Music. Her teachers include Hyo Kang, Jaime Laredo, Jan Sloman, Joel Smirnoff and Almita and Roland Vamos.
Aside from her musical studies, Rebecca loves hiking, nature and photography.
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