Rebecca Racusin

Violin, Wintergreen Festival Orchestra

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Violinist Rebecca Racusin made her solo debut with orchestra at age 15 as the winner of the Mae and Fletcher Fish Young Artist Competition in her home state of New Jersey.  Since then she has been an award winner in numerous competitions.  Praised for her “wonderful” playing by Gramophone Magazine, Ms. Racusin has performed in venues across the United States, Canada, and Italy, including Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia's Academy of Music, The Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall, Joseph Myerhoff Symphony Hall, Miami’s New World Center for the Arts, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and the National Gallery of Art.

Ms. Racusin maintains an active career as an orchestral player, chamber musician, and soloist.  She is a tenured member of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and performs regularly with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra.  She was also a member of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra from 2008-2013, and has played with multiple DC area ensembles including the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, the National Philharmonic, and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.

She has played with the critically acclaimed piano trio, Trio Desto, and served as the first violinist of the Washington D.C. based Inscape Quartet.  

In the summers of 2009-2011 Ms. Racusin’s performances at Three Bridges International Chamber Music Festival in Duluth, Minnesota were recorded for broadcast on National Public Radio.  She was subsequently invited to perform in a series of concerts at the Incontro Accademico Internazionale di Musica e Teatro in Bolzano, Italy with pianist Brandt Fredriksen.  Ms. Racusin has collaborated with principal players of the Minnesota, National, Boston, Houston, and Dallas Symphony Orchestras.  She appeared most recently as a soloist in a performance of Bruch’s violin concerto no.1 with the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra. 

An avid proponent of new music, Ms. Racusin has been involved in a number of projects that bring contemporary music to the public.  In 2012 she was appointed a principal player of Inscape, a GRAMMY-nominated ensemble committed to performing and recording non-standard works.  Ms. Racusin has appeared with the 21st Century Consort in Washington D.C, and has worked with both the Alight Dance Company and the Bowen McCauley Dance Company to present world premier collaborations at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  Additionally, she plays electric violin and co-writes the string parts in the funk band Sol, whose studio album Senses (recorded summer 2012) was released in the fall of 2012.

Ms. Racusin has been an orchestra member of the Wintergreen Performing Arts Summer Music Festival and Academy since 2013.  She was the concertmaster of both the 2010 Ash Lawn Opera Festival and the 2008 National Orchestral Institute.  Other festival appearances include the Aspen Music Festival, Encore School for Strings, Aria International Music Festival, and Musicorda Music Festival.  Ms. Racusin received her BA from Harvard University while studying with James Buswell at the New England Conservatory and her Masters in Music from the University of Maryland’s School of Music where she held a graduate assistantship under the tutelage of Elisabeth Adkins, former associate concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra.