Rebekah Binford

The Anne Heartt Gregory Chair

Rebekah Binford first joined the North Carolina Symphony as a tutti violinist in the 1982-83 season. Binford studied with James Buswell at Indiana University, with David Cerone and Ivan Galamian at Meadowmount, and has taken Master Classes with Isaac Stern and Joseph Silverstein. She worked closely with Joseph Silverstein while at Tanglewood’s Berkshire Music Center in both orchestral and chamber music.

She has performed with many chamber music groups including Aurora Musicalis, Mallarme Chamber Players and Amici della Musica, which she helped found with other Symphony members in 1986. She recently performed the world premiere of Harold Schiffman’s Sonata for Solo Violin, one of several works composed for her and dedicated to her. A violin concerto is currently being written for her.

Binford has been heard on national radio broadcasts from Tanglewood and the Eastern Music Festival. Binford was surrounded by classical music when she was growing up and it influenced her greatly. She hopes to pass on her love of music to her two children, Alexander and Genevieve. She performs on a Sanctus Seraphin violin made in Venice, Italy in 1736.