Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Rabia Brooke | 2nd Prize | Violin | 5th Edition | ENKOR Int'l Music Competition

Rabia Brooke, Age 17
Score: 91.17

Equally at home as a solo, chamber, and orchestral player, Rabia Brooke is an award-winning Chicago-based violinist whose performance experiences span a wide range of repertoire, styles, and collaborators. This season, Rabia joins the Peoria Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia in celebration of 100 years of Bernstein, performs at the Musique Dans la Gers in France, appearance with Rachel Barton Pine at the Buckingham, WFMT Broadcast, performs with Fifth House Ensemble in Chicago, at Fresh Inc. Festival in Milwaukee, Make Music Now Series, as well as solo violin performance in Carnegie Hall, and solo violin recitals at Curtis Hall, PianoForte Studios, Norte Ecole Hall, and Buckingham Salon Series.

Last summer, she toured Central Europe with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and participated in the Curtis Summer Fest serving as concertmaster of the YASP Orchestra under the baton of Joshua Gersen of the New York Philharmonic, performed with the Formosa Quartet and Black Oak Ensemble. Previous projects include: a European tour with Daniel Rowland for the filming of a Beethoven documentary; premiering and recording Athena Triumphant String Quartet by local award-winning composer, Stacy Garrop; performing a live solo broadcast on WFMT Introductions; performed solo and chamber works with Grammy-nominated banjoist Noam Pikelny and bluegrass band, Special Consensus for Kellogg.

Rabia is a recipient of the 2018 Musicians Club of Women Farwell Trust Award Scholarship. She has garnered accolades as Semi-finalist at 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition;Winner of the 2018 CYSO Concerto Competition, 2017 Curtis Institute Concerto Competition; First Place in 2018 Society of American Musicians Intermediate and Young Artists Competitions; First Place and Overall Winner of the 2018 Discover MYA National Chamber Competition; First Place in 2018 American Protégé Concerto Competition; DePaul Concerto Festival Winner; 2017 Enkor International Chamber Competition; First Place in 2017 Chamber Music Competition with the Chinese Fine Arts Society, among others.

She serves as co-concertmaster of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and is a member of Asrai Quartet. Passionately playing violin since the age of three, she has been honoured to study with Lei Hou of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Belavsky of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and perform in master classes for Daniel Rowland, Rachael Kolly d’Alba, and Ani Kavafian. Currently, she studies with and is coached by Desirée Ruhsrat of the GRAMMY-nominated Lincoln Trio.