Cecilia Belcher


Instrument: Violin

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 6th 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 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