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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. She toured North America for 24 years as first violinist of the Kairos Quartet. Founder and Director of both the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute and the Kairos Chamber Music Lyceum, Ms. Rehkopf has also performed at the Tanglewood, Banff, Norfolk festivals, the Interharmony Festival in Italy and Music & More Summerfest in Herzegovina. 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 with the Everett Philharmonic.  

Ms. Rehkopf gave the world premiere of Maria Newman's beautiful violin concerto, Lux Aeterna, which she recorded at Capitol Records.  During the 2017-2018 season, she and her cellist husband John Michel performed Brahms’ Double Concerto for memory in Seattle, Olympia and Ellensburg, and also performed the last movement at the Kennedy Center. 

She is Professor of Violin at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, where she has taught since 1990. Her former students play in many orchestras and receive awards as outstanding teachers in higher education, the public schools and private studios. Before her position in higher education, Ms. Rehkopf enjoyed performing great literature 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 the University of Michigan on a full tuition scholarship, studying with Camilla Wicks and Angel Reyes, and studied further in London with David Takeno. As Kairos has expanded into a more collaborative chamber ensemble, she revels in juxtaposing classical music with other art forms and collaborates regularly with choreographer Shauna Goddard Barger from Los Angeles. She and her cellist husband John Michel enjoy reading chamber music with their three highly amusing sons

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