Assistant Principal Viola
Rebecca Albers joined the Minnesota Orchestra as assistant principal viola in 2010. In 2012 she debuted on the Orchestra’s Chamber Music at MacPhail series, performing Schubert’s Octet for Winds and Strings.
Albers made her New York debut at Lincoln Center, performing the New York premiere of Adler’s Viola Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra. She made her European recital debut at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris. As a chamber musician, she has performed at such festivals as the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, Rome Chamber Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival and, at Prussia Cove in the United Kingdom, the International Musicians Seminar. Her performances have been seen on national television in the United States and China and heard on National Public Radio and French National Radio.
Albers is a member of Accordo, a Twin Cities-based chamber ensemble whose members are principal players from the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra. She has also toured extensively with Musicians from Marlboro and with the Albers Trio, an ensemble formed with her sisters Laura and Julie Albers.
Albers is a Distinguished Artist faculty member at Mercer University’s Robert McDuffie Center for Strings in Macon, Georgia. She previously taught at the University of Michigan, in collaboration with Heidi Castleman in the Juilliard School’s college and pre-college divisions, and at such summer programs as the Perlman Music Program and the North American Viola Institute.
As a child in Longmont, Colorado, Albers began piano and violin studies at the age of 2, picking up the viola at 9 for an ensemble her mother, a Suzuki teacher, was putting together. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Heidi Castleman and Hsin-Yun Huang. Her additional teachers include James Maurer and Ellie Albers LeRoux.