When you meet Cecilia, ask her if she likes rugby! Does she like living in NYC? Who is her favorite cellist?
Violinist Cecilia Belcher joined the Minnesota Orchestra in fall 2014 after performing regularly with the St. Louis Symphony since 2008, including several seasons as a full-time player; she has also performed with the Pittsburgh and Houston Symphony Orchestras. She is principal second violin of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, and she has toured Germany and the United States with the New York City-based chamber orchestra The Knights, appearing most recently at the Ravinia and Tanglewood festivals.
As concertmaster she has led the Reno Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Aspen Music Festival Opera Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra and the Symphony and Chamber Orchestra of Rice University’s Shepherd School. Cecilia has toured both domestically and internationally as a chamber and orchestral musician, performing at Carnegie Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Lucerne Festival, Paris’ Salle Pleyel, Christchurch and Dunedin in New Zealand and, for the BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall in London. Additional music festivals in which she has participated include Aspen, Banff, Beijing International, Tanglewood, and Verbier.
A St. Louis native, Belcher began violin studies at the age of three. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Paul Kantor, and a master’s degree from the Shepherd School of Music, studying with Kathleen Winkler. She and her husband, cellist Richard Belcher of the Enso String Quartet, divide their time between Minneapolis and New York City.
Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, Master of Music
Cleveland Institute of Music, Bachelor of Music