Violinist Cecilia Belcher joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2014, and was appointed Assistant Principal Second Violin in January 2017. In recent seasons, she has performed with the St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Houston Symphony Orchestras. She is also currently Principal Second Violin of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, and concertmaster of the Mississippi Valley Orchestra in Minnesota. 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.
Cecilia has toured both domestically and internationally as a chamber and orchestral musician, and has participated in music festivals including Aspen, Banff, Beijing International Music Festival, Tanglewood and Verbier.
In addition to recent highly acclaimed Minnesota Orchestra recordings, Cecilia performs on two albums of works by John Adams, recorded by the St. Louis Symphony under David Robertson. Her discography also includes the Mozart violin concertos recorded on the Ancalagon Records with Lara and Scott St. John and The Knights.
A St. Louis native, Cecilia 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, studying with Kathleen Winkler. She is married to Richard Belcher, cellist of the Enso String Quartet.