- Teaches students:
- and Ages 8+
- Teaching since:
- January 2009
Violinist and Violist, Rebecca Phillips, has distinguished herself as a chamber musician, improv artist, and teacher. Ms. Phillips has performed in many of the world's most celebrated concert halls including Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House, and Shanghai Oriental Art Center. Ms. Phillips has concertized at festivals such as LyricaFest, Charles Castleman’s Quartet Program, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Dvorak Heritage Society, and ArtsAhimsa among others. In 2013, Rebecca made her radio debut as a part of the Con Affetto String Quartet on WQXR's McGraw Hill Financial Young Artist Showcase. As a member of the Con Affetto String Trio, Rebecca held residencies at Winter LyricaFest 2014 and the Rockport Music String Summit 2014. With this ensemble she was also involved with 'From the Top's Center for the Development of Arts Leaders Boston', giving community performances around the Boston area. Ms. Phillips' performances during the 2016-2017 season have included collaborations with Laura Bossert, The Villiers Quartet, Laura Goldberg, Miclen Laipang, and the New York premier of Andrew Trovato's "Dirty Carnival" as a member of Duo Trovato. In 2016, Ms. Phillips was appointed Principal Second Violin in the Lyrica Boston Chamber Orchestra and also serves as a founding member of the Sextets in City Ensemble.
Passionate about teaching, Ms. Phillips is currently on visiting faculty at Setnor School of Music of Syracuse University, and has served as a Teaching Assistant of Laura Bossert at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, Wellesley College, as well as Syracuse University. Additional faculty positions include ArtsAhimsa Music Festival and New England Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Phillips strives to inspire musical independence in her students. She believes that every student has the potential to find his or her musical voice through perseverance, curiosity, and a willingness to accept that every day of playing comes with a new learning experience.
Ms. Phillips holds a UD in Violin Performance and Teaching Artist Certificate from the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where she also extensively studied Modern American Music. Ms. Phillips' primary teachers are Laura Bossert, Terry King, and Peter Cassino.
The Con Affetto String Quartet chose its name, meaning, "with affection," because it so aptly describes the ensemble's mutual dedication to bringing love to every music-making opportunity. The Affettas first played together in January 2013, and instantly felt an unusual chamber music sympathy. All scholarship recipients at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, the quartet studies under the esteemed tutelage of Laura Bossert and Terry King. The Affettas are winners of the Longy's Student Voices competition, and made their radio debut in November, 2013 on WQXR's McGraw Hill Financial Young Artist Showcase. Hailed as "a great quartet" by former Cleveland Quartet cellist Paul Katz, and described as playing with "tremendous color and sophistication" by internationally renowned double bassist James Van Demark, the ensemble has played for musician notables such as Levon Chilingirian, Matt Haimovitz, Ian Swenson, and the Danish String Quartet. As proponents of music education, the Affettas have volunteered their time at El Sistema Somerville's orchestra program as well as Bridge Boston Charter School's El Sistema- inspired violin program. They will also be ensemble-in-residence at the first-ever Winter Lyricafest in Lincoln, MA.
The Con Affetto philosophy of chamber music is that every piece of music bears vocality and conversation, however difficult to uncover or illuminate, and that musical conversations are what make the string quartet medium particularly captivating.