Cole, Rebecca

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Nashville Symphony

Personal Summary / Bio

Rebecca Cole inhabits both modern and baroque violin worlds. As a modern player, she is a member of the Emmy-award winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra, and she is an active chamber musician. In the baroque world, she recently returned from the 2014 American Bach Soloists Academy, where she was a participant. She is a former member of Music City Baroque, Nashville’s period-instrument ensemble. Ms. Cole has made frequent appearances as soloist with Music City Baroque, and has performed annually at Bachanalia (Nashville’s annual concert celebrating J.S. Bach), and on WPLN.


Her baroque playing has been described as, “thoughtful and interesting,” and “extremely expressive.” The San Francisco Examiner called the CPE Bach Trio Sonata performance at the 2012 American Bach Soloists Academy in Action concert “the show stealer”.


Ms. Cole has participated in the American Bach Soloist’s Academy, the Vancouver Early Music Programme, the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, where she performed on the faculty recital series.


As a modern player, Ms. Cole performed at the Oregon Bach Festival, under the baton of Helmuth Rilling, for 18 years, and participated in the Internationale Bach Akademie in 1994, at Maestro Rilling’s request. Ms. Cole was the Principal Second Violin of the Peter Britt Festival for 12 years. Solo appearances include the Oregon Bach Festival, the Peter Britt Festival, the Oregon Coast Festival, and the Occidental-CalTech Orchestra


Her modern-violin orchestral experience includes tenure in the Louisville Orchestra, as well as performing regularly with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She began her professional career as Assistant Concertmaster of the Tulsa Philharmonic,


Ms. Cole has published articles in Strings Magazine and American String Teachers’ Association Magazine. Previously, she inhabited the universe of professional road bicycling coach, having held an Expert Level Coaching License with USACycling.







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