Linnaea Kathleen Brophy, a 27 year old violinist from Memphis, TN, is a versatile musician who is a skilled soloist, orchestral player, and chamber musician. A rising doctoral candidate at Stony Brook University and a recipient of SBU’s Staller Scholar Award, she is currently a member of the Anello String Quartet. Formed in fall of 2017 under the auspices of the Emerson String Quartet at their prestigious Emerson String Quartet Institute, the Anello String Quartet has given concert tours throughout the northeast and been hailed by the Woodstock times as “Beautifully Tonal, Coordinated and Balanced.” A veteran of the violin concerto repertoire, Linnaea has performed as soloist with the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the Stony Brook University Concerto Competition, the Nashville Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Alabama Symphony, the Paducah Symphony, the Delta Symphony, and the Vidin Sinfonietta in Vidin, Bulgaria. At age 14, she gave her solo debut at the Neue Gallery in Manhattan, which led to further concert appearances at venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Zenkel Hall, Julliard’s Paul Hall, Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory, the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, Schermerhorn Symphony Hall, the Cannon Center and the Alys Stevens Center as well as solo concert tours throughout Israel, Canada, Italy, Bulgaria and the Netherlands. During her studies at the New England Conservatory, she frequently served as concertmaster of both the New England Conservatory Philharmonia and the New England Conservatory Symphony, working under the baton of noted maestros such as Stephen Lord, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gill Rose, Hugh Wolf, Joshua Weilerstein and Jefferey Kahane. She was featured as a conductor/soloist in a performance of the violin concertino part in Handel’s Concerto Grosso Op. 6 in F Major with the New England Conservatory Chamber Symphony along with fellow violinist Alexey Kinney and cellist Seth Russel. She gained further orchestral experience working with multiple Boston based ensembles, including the GRAMMY nominated self-conducted chamber orchestra: A Far Cry, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Unitas Ensemble, the Boston Chamber Symphony and the Discovery Ensemble. Competition prizes she has won include 1st prize at the Music Teachers National Association Competition, 1st prize at the Stony Brook University Concerto Competition, 2nd prize at the Susan Bales Violin Competition at NEC, 1st prize at the Curb Concerto Competition in Nashville, 1st prize at the Alabama Symphony Concerto Competition, 1st prize at the Delta Symphony Young Artist Competition and the Concerto Soloist Award at the International Institute for Conductors.
A familiar presence at summer festivals, Linnaea Brophy is an alumnus of the Perlman Music Program and has attended the Julliard String Quartet Seminar, the Keshet Eilon International Violin Mastercourse, Holland International Music Sessions, Orford Music Centre, Aspen Music Festival, and the Mastering the Concerto Course for Violin Soloists at the International Institute for Conductors.
She has been guided by renowned musicians such as Itzhak Perlman, Ivry Gitlis, Vadim Repin, Arnold Steinhart, Pierre Amoyal, Alexander Vinnitski and Roger Tapping. She collaborated with famed composer John Corigliano on a debut of his Red Violin Concerto at California Summer Music Institute and has performed alongside Lawrence Dutton, the violist of the Emerson String Quartet. Linnaea Brophy holds a B.A. and an M.M. from the New England Conservatory where she was awarded a Merit Scholarship and Academic Honors as a student of Donald Weilerstein and Lucy Chapman.