The J. Felix Arnold Chair
Violinist Erin Zehngut joined the first violin section of the North Carolina Symphony in 2016. Before moving to North Carolina, she was a fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, under Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. In her time there, she appeared as Concertmaster and Principal Second Violin, performed in a variety of chamber music projects, and was active in the symphony’s Community Engagement program. She taught and performed in Medellín, Colombia as a coach for the Academia Filarmónica de Medellín, and also traveled to Meyrin, Switzerland as the U.S. representative for a concert commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Nuclear Research Institute CERN. Zehngut has also performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, and joined them on their historic tour to Cuba. During the summers, she has served on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, and also performs at the Lakes Area Music Festival in Minnesota.
Zehngut earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, studying with Aaron Berofsky, and a master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Stephen Rose. While in Cleveland, she performed with many groups throughout the area, including the Canton Symphony Orchestra and Columbus Symphony Orchestra. She was also featured as a soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado. When she’s not playing the violin, she loves to explore the outdoors, and enjoys running and playing tennis.