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Carrie Rehkopf

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Picture of Carrie Rehkopf, professor of violin.Professor of Violin

Violinist Carrie Rehkopf’s career blends the best of the worlds of performing and teaching.  Called a ‘first-class musician’ by Sir Georg Solti, her particular interests in building new audiences and cultivating artistry in players of all levels have led her to incorporate elements of acting, choreography and narrative into her violin work.

As first violinist of the Kairos Quartet, she has toured North America over the past 23 years. She was founder and director of both the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute and the Kairos Chamber Music Lyceum.  Ms. Rehkopf has also performed on chamber music concerts at the Tanglewood, Banff and Norfolk festivals. 

She is Professor of Violin at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, where she has taught since 1990.  Her former students play in many orchestras, as well as receive awards as outstanding teachers in higher education, the public schools and private studios.   She has given concerto performances with the Everett, Olympia, Wenatchee, Yakima, Southwest Washington and Lake Sammamish Symphonies as well as several youth orchestras. She envisioned and led a ‘flash mob’ of string players in joining her during the cadenza of Mozart's G Major Concerto.  Ms. Rehkopf gave the world premiere of Maria Newman's violin concerto, which she recorded at Capitol Records. Before her position in higher education Ms. Rehkopf performed with various professional orchestras, including serving as Associate Principal Second of the Honolulu Symphony. Professor Rehkopf began violin at age 4 in the Suzuki Method, and had a week of lessons with Dr. Suzuki in 1976.

She received her degrees from University of Michigan on a full tuition scholarship, studying with Camilla Wicks and Angel Reyes.  She studied further in London with David Takeno. In her latest venture, ‘Juxta/Musician’ (which juxtaposes classical music with other art forms) Ms. Rehkopf collaborates with long-time friend Shauna Goddard in adding movement to music.  She and her cellist husband John Michel enjoy reading chamber music with their three sons.

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