Originally from: Saint Louis, MO
Now reside in: New York, NY
How did you get started playing an instrument?
I started playing the violin when I was 3 years old with the Suzuki method.
How long have you performed with ROCO?
This will be my 5th season with ROCO.
What do you do musically when you’re not playing with ROCO?
I’m a member of the St. Louis Symphony for the 2013-14 season. I try to fill in any extra time with as much chamber music as possible.
What are you listening to on your IPHONE/mobile music device? Whats your favorite App?
I like listening to podcasts. My favorites are Radiolab and This American Life. I think the Lumosity app is a lot of fun.
Interests outside music:
I really enjoy hiking and exploring new places, cooking, and going out to coffee. These things are the best when spent with my husband, cellist Richard Belcher.
What makes ROCO special to you?
ROCO is special because of the wonderful people involved and the personal connections that are created when we make music together. I look forward to sharing the commitment to make each performance a special musical experience.
What makes Houston unique and inspiring for you?
Houston is a really special place for me because it’s where I met my husband, Richard! Also, my sister lives in Houston, so it is aways wonderful to get the chance to visit her when I am playing. All that being said, the restaurants are enough to keep anyone looking forward to being in town!
Violinist Cecilia Belcher leads an exciting freelance career as an orchestral and chamber musician. She has been heard in a wide variety of performance settings across the USA as well as in Asia, Europe and New Zealand. She is a member of the St. Louis Symphony for the 2013-14 season, and has been playing with the orchestra regularly since 2008. She has also performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh and Houston Symphonies. She is the principal second violin of ROCO, and plays with the New York based chamber orchestra, The Knights. She has participated in summer festivals including the Banff Music Centre, Tanglewood Music Festival, Beijing International Music Festival and Academy, Verbier Festival, and Aspen Music Festival. Cecilia received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music with Paul Kantor, and a Master of Music degree from Rice University with Kathleen Winkler. She is originally from Saint Louis, Missouri and is enjoying newly married life with her husband, cellist Richard Belcher.
Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, Master of Music
Cleveland Institute of Music, Bachelor of Music