Emma Rubinstein, concertmaster
Violinist Emma Rubinstein has appeared in concerts both nationally and internationally – in locations including Berlin, Munich, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Salzburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, Sofia, Seoul, Tokyo and Tel Aviv – as a guest soloist and chamber musician. She has had many guest teaching engagements in the U.S. and abroad, appeared on numerous radio and television broadcasts, and has recorded CDs in a variety of genres. Emma was appointed concertmaster of the Idaho Falls Symphony in July 2009, after serving an initial season as interim concertmaster. The 2017-2018 season marks her tenth year as concertmaster. She performed Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto with the IFS in November, 2011, and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante (with principal violist Lisa McNiven) in October, 2013.
Prior to arriving in Idaho Falls, Emma was Assistant Professor of Music and first violin of the Oxford String Quartet at Miami University of Ohio from 1999-2005. Beginning in the fall of 2007 she served a two-year appointment at BYU-Idaho as Visiting Professor of Violin. For three seasons (2005-2008) Emma was assistant concertmaster of the highly acclaimed CityMusic Cleveland, one of the mid-west’s premier chamber orchestras. Emma is the former first violinist and founding member of the Anacapa String Quartet (1989-1998). Based in Santa Barbara, California, the quartet performed across the U.S. to outstanding reviews, giving concerts at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., Lively Arts Series in Stanford University, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Rockport Opera House, among others. The quartet received numerous honors, awards and commissions throughout its career.
Emma currently spends summers teaching and performing at chamber music workshops in California and Oregon, and has taught chamber music classes for the American String Teachers Association. Her violin students have won the Idaho Falls Symphony Young Artists Competition, numerous concerto competitions at BYU-I and Miami University of Ohio, and many other awards and scholarships. She volunteers her time assisting the Idaho Falls Youth Symphony.
Born and raised in Chicago, Emma received her Master of Music degree at Yale University, her Bachelor of Music degree at Boston University. Emma lives in Idaho Falls with her husband Marlin and maintains an active private violin studio.