Eighteen year-old violinist Rebecca Anderson is originally from Portland, Oregon,
and currently studies violin with Ida Kavafian at the Curtis Institute of Music. She has previously
studied with Kathryn Gray, Amy Schwartz-Moretti, and Clarisse Atcherson.
As a soloist, Rebecca has performed with the Portland Chamber Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony, and the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra. She performed three times with the MetroArts orchestra as a winner of the MetroArts Young Artists concerto competition and performed a benefit concert in 2005 for MetroArts, sharing the program with pianist Andre Watts. Rebecca was sponsored by MetroArts and the Portland-Bologna Sister City Association to play a solo recital at the Conservatorio di Bologna in Italy. She was a Chamber Music Northwest Young Artist Fellow for the 2005-2006 season, and performed with CMNW for their 2006 summer festival alongside artists including Ani Kavafian and Daniel Phillips. In 2008, she performed on the radio show "From the Top" with David Shifrin.
Most recently, Rebecca was awarded the 2008 National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) youngARTS Gold Award in Music as well as the bronze medal and the Bach Award at the 2008 Stulberg International String Competition. In 2008, NFAA invited her to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. She was also one of three finalists selected for the 2007 ASTA National Solo Competition.
Other musical activities include being a member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic Orchestras for six years and attending summer programs such as The Perlman Music Program, the Robert McDuffie and Friends Labor Day Festival for Strings, and The Quartet Program. She was a National Merit Finalist and a 2008 Presidential Scholar in both the Arts and Academics. Becky is an avid runner and also enjoys chemistry, hiking, biking, cooking, reading, teaching, and traveling.