Thursday Concerts@ St. Anne's- Robert Simonds – Violin

Times: From: 6:15 PM to 7:15 PM

Location: St. Anne's Church

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Thursday Concerts@ St. Anne's- Robert Simonds – Violin

Solo Violin from the Baroque Period, living American composers and American folk traditions. 

Violinist Robert Simonds has a multifaceted career as an orchestral player, chamber musician and solo recitalist. Interested in contemporary music for as long as he can remember his performances balance the kinetic, colorful and sincere music of today with Americana and Baroque traditions.

The upcoming 16/17 season will be Rob’s fifth as principal second violin of the Louisville Orchestra and his seventh summer as a member of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, CA. Both ensembles have a long legacy and on going commitment to adventurous programming. He began his professional orchestral career with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra followed by a longtime position with The Phoenix Symphony. Rob has also performed with the orchestras of Minnesota, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Columbus, and Virginia.

For four summers he was a member of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder - where he met his wife, also a violinist.

Small ensemble collaborations with diverse artists such as Rhiannon Giddens, Joe Pug, Ben Sollee, Tobie Milford and The Low Anthem have been especially gratifying. On bigger stages, Rob has performed as concertmaster for orchestral concerts with Barry Manilow, Celtic Woman, Michael Feinstein, Jackie Evancho and as assistant concertmaster for the North American tour of Star Wars in Concert. Recent highlights have been string quartet performances at the Forecastle Festival backing up My Morning Jacket and Alabama Shakes.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rob began studying the violin at a young age with his grandmother. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, he earned two degrees in violin performance, studying with Dr. Won-Bin Yim, for whom he served as graduate teaching assistant, and also with Dorothy Delay. While at CCM he studied chamber music with the Amernet and Tokyo String Quartets. His violin is from Reggio Emilia in northern Italy, made by Mario Bedocchi in 1927. 

This Event is Brought to You By Live Arts Maryland

Thursday Concerts@ St. Anne's- Robert Simonds – Violin

Live Arts Maryland is a performing arts organization that is home base to The Annapolis Chorale, the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, the St. Anne’s Concert Series and the local presenter of the Washington Symphonic Brass. The mission of the organization is to enhance community life through performing and producing a wide variety of music. Live Arts Maryland is also home to a vibrant music education program for musicians of all ages. For young singers, the organization includes the Annapolis Youth Chorus and an apprentice program for qualified high-school music students. Adult singers may take advantage of seminars on vocal health and training.