Assistant Principal Second Violin
"As a member of the second violin section, I always look forward to getting to perform the Bartók Concerto for Orchestra. It's such a great piece to highlight the stellar sections of the Minnesota Orchestra. I'm really looking forward to hearing what Sarah and Sam reveal about this piece!"
Violinist Cecilia Belcher joined the Minnesota Orchestra in fall 2014 and was named Assistant Principal Second Violin in January 2017. Previously, she performed regularly with the St. Louis Symphony and has also performed with the Pittsburgh and Houston Symphony Orchestras. She is currently principal second violin of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, Texas, and the concertmaster of the Mississippi Valley Orchestra in Minnesota. Also as concertmaster, she has led the Reno Philharmonic, New World Symphony and the Aspen Music Festival Opera Orchestra. In addition, she has toured Germany and the U.S. with the New York City-based chamber orchestra the Knights
She has toured both domestically and internationally as a chamber and orchestral musician, performing at Carnegie Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonie, the 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 Music Festival, Tanglewood, and Verbier.
In addition to recent Minnesota Orchestra recordings, Belcher performs on two albums of works by John Adams, recorded by the St. Louis Symphony under David Robertson. Her discography also includes a disc of Mozart violin concertos recorded on the Ancalagon Records with Lara and Scott St. John and the Knights.
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, working with Kathleen Winkler. She and her husband, cellist Richard Belcher of the Enso String Quartet, love living in Minneapolis.