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Rabia Brooke: Violin Recital

December 30, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This event is free and open to the public. To reserve a seat you must register. Any remaining seats will be offered on a first come first serve basis on the night of the concert.

Equally at home as a solo, chamber, and orchestral player, Rabia Brooke is an award-winning violinist whose performance experiences span a wide range of repertoire, styles, and collaborators. This season, Miss Brooke will perform at the Musician Club of Women Award Winner Concert Series in Preston Bradly Hall and premier solo work by local composer, Mischa Zupko, while pursuing undergraduate degree at the Juilliard School.

Last season Rabia performed at the Aspen Music Festival under the baton of Michael Stern as member of the Aspen Festival Orchestra, gave solo appearances in Orchestra Hall, Musicians Club of Women in “Unaccompanied Women”, had solo appearances with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, and had solo “Senior Recitals” on WFMT Introduction’s live broadcast, Fine Arts Music Performance Scholarship Series – Special Event, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Pianoforte Studios as well as local residential communities. She performed chamber with principals of the Lyric Opera Orchestra on the Pilgrim Chamber Players Series and with the Fifth House Ensemble. 

Miss Brooke was honoured to perform under the baton of Maestro George Stelluto at Ravinia with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra for the Bernstein Celebration, at the Musique Dans la Gers Festival in France, with Rachel Barton Pine on the Buckingham Salon Series, solo performances in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Piano Forte Studios, and on Make Music Now Series at Saint James Cathedral and Ganz Hall.

Previous projects include: tour of Central Europe with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra; Curtis Young Artists Summer Program serving as concertmaster under the baton of Joshua Gersen of the New York Philharmonic; collaborations with Formosa Quartet and Black Oak Ensemble. Other projects include: European tour with Daniel Rowland for the filming of Beethoven Documentary; premiering and recording Athena Triumphant String Quartet by local award-winning composer, Stacy Garrop; perform solo and
chamber works with Grammy-nominated banjoist Noam Pikelny and bluegrass band, Special Consensus. Miss Brooke has also been a featured artist at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradely Hall and Cassidy Theatre as well as the Artist in Residence at the Buckingham Salon Series since 2011. She has performed in Chicago’s Schubertiade (2013 and 2016) as a violinist and pianist. Rabia has collaborated frequently with pianists Milana Pavchinskaya, Adam Marks, Ann Chang, and Beilin Han, among others.

Rabia has garnered numerous accolades noting her dedication in violin performance. She is a 2019 National Young Arts Foundation Merit Winner, recipient of the 2018 Musicians Club of Women Farwell Trust Award, and the 2019 Paul Vermel Young Artists Award. She is the winner of the 2018 Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, 2017 Curtis Summerfest Concerto Competition, First Place in 2018 Society of American Musicians Young Artists and Intermediate Competitions, 2018 Walgreens National Concerto Competition Senior Open Division Winner of Early Music Category and Strings Category, First Place in 2018 American Protégé Concerto Competition, DePaul Concerto Festival Winner (2014), First Place Violin 2018 Senior Division of Chinese Fine Arts Society, Illinois American String Teacher Association’s Concerto Competition (2018), and Enkor Concerto Competition (2018). As a (2019) Semi- Finalist of the Cooper International Violin Competition Rabia was a featured artist in the Honors Concert. Rabia has earned top prizes in the following chamber competitions: Overall and String Category Winner of the 2018 Discover MYA National Chamber Competition, Semi-Finalist of the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, 2017 Enkor International Chamber Competition, 2018 Barnett Chamber Competition, and First Place in 2017 Chinese Fine Arts Society Chamber Competition. She served as co-concertmaster of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and is a founding member of Asrai Quartet.

Passionately playing violin since the age of three, she has been honoured to study with Desirée Ruhstrat of Northwestern Bienen School of Music, Lei Hou of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Belavsky of the Lyric Opera Orchestra, and perform in master classes for Catherine Cho, Ani Kavafian, Daniel Rowland, and Rachael Kolly d’Alba. She was grateful to have the tutelage and mentorship of pianists Winston Choi and the late Deborah Sobol. Currently, she studies with Catherine Cho while pursuing her undergraduate degree at the Juilliard School.

J.S. Bach
Sonata no 3 in C Major

Concerto no 5 in A Major
I. Allegro aperto
II. Adagio

Sonata no. 3 in D minor

K. Penderecki
Cadenza for solo violin

Polonaise in D Major op. 4

Caprice no. 23

Carmen Fantasy op. 25


December 30, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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PianoForte Studios
1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
(312) 291-0000
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