American violinist Erin Keefe, who became concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra in
September 2011, has established a reputation as an artist who combines exhilarating
temperament and fierce integrity. She was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2006 and
the Pro Musicis International Award in 2009. Other honors include grand prizes at the
Valsesia Musica, Torun, Schadt, and Corpus Christi international violin competitions, in
addition to being silver medalist at the Carl Nielsen, Sendai, and Gyeongnam
Ms. Keefe has appeared as soloist in recent seasons with such orchestras as the Minnesota
Orchestra, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, New York City Ballet Orchestra, Korean Symphony
Orchestra, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Göttingen
Symphony Orchestra. She has also given recitals throughout the United States, Austria,
Italy, Germany, Korea, Poland, Japan, and Denmark.
Among the leading chamber musicians of her generation, Ms. Keefe has been a member of The
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2010, after previously being a member of The
Chamber Music Society Two program from 2006 to 2009. She has been featured on Live from
Lincoln Center in performances of works by Brahms, Schoenberg, Bach, and Corelli.
Her collaborators include such artists as the Emerson String Quartet, Edgar Meyer, Gary
Hoffman, David Finckel, Wu Han, Richard Goode, Menahem Pressler, and Leon Fleisher. Ms.
Keefe's festival appearances include Music@Menlo, Marlboro, Music from Angel Fire, and
Ravinia. She also regularly performs with the Brooklyn and Boston chamber music
Ms. Keefe has recorded for the Naxos and CMS Studio Recordings labels. In January 2010,
she released her first solo CD of works by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Ravel, Sibelius,
Lutoslawski, and Hindemith, which she recorded with pianist Anna Polonsky.
Ms. Keefe earned a master's degree from The Juilliard School and a bachelor's degree from
the Curtis Institute of Music. Her teachers have included Ronald Copes, Ida Kavafian,
Arnold Steinhardt, Philip Setzer, Philipp Otto Naegele, Brian Lewis, and Teri Einfeldt. She
plays on a Nicolo Gagliano violin from 1732.