Assistant Principal Second Violin
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 principal second violin of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston. As concertmaster, she has led the Reno Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Aspen Music Festival Opera Orchestra and Missisippi Valley Orchestra, with whom she recently performed the Brahms Double Concerto with her husband Richard Belcher.
Music festivals in which she has participated include Aspen, Banff, Beijing International Music Festival, Tanglewood and Verbier. In addition, she has toured Germany and the U.S. with the New York City-based chamber orchestra The Knights.
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 Richard, who is the cellist of the Enso String Quartet, love living in Minneapolis with their son Finn.