Violinist Dawn Gingrich has captivated audiences throughout the world as both a soloist and chamber musician. As a recitalist, she has concertized in Paris, Barcelona, Germany, New York, Chicago, Boston, Santa Barbara, and Baltimore, and has made solo appearances at the New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, the Juilliard School, Mannes College, Northwestern University, and Indiana University. She has earned top prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, Skokie Valley Symphony Concerto Competition, and the Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition. She began her studies at the age of three with Barbara Bredemeier and later went on to study with renowned pedagogue Eric Rosenblith at the New England Conservatory, Zvi Zeitlin of Eastman School of Music, and Associate Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Samantha George. Throughout her studies, Ms. Gingrich also received invaluable coaching and guidance from members of the Takacs Quartet and Cleveland Quartet.
Ms. Gingrich’s career as a chamber musician includes collaborations with members of the Boston Trio, Formosa Quartet, and Parker String Quartet, as well as members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, and Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal. Festival appearances include Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, the International Musical Arts Institute, Washington Island Music Festival, and the Thüringische Sommer-Akademie in Böhlen, Germany. A passionate advocate of new music, Ms. Gingrich was recently presented by the Chicago Philharmonic in a performance of a new string quartet by Chicago composer Benton Wedge, and performed the solo violin part for the premiere of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2015 production of Matthew Aucoin’s chamber opera Second Nature. Ms.Gingrich has also been a regularly featured soloist with Chicago’s Bach Week Festival since 2005. This past season has included a performance of Haydn Seven Last Words for string quartet with Chicago Symphony Orchestra cellist Jonathan Pegis and Sarasota Orchestra associate principal violist Matthew Pegis, solo recitals with pianist Tanya Gabrielian and harpsichordist Jason Moy, chamber music concerts with violinists Jasmine Lin, Samantha George, and cellist Gabriel Cabezas, as well as collaborations with noted jazz musicians Howard Levy and Dan Tepfer. 2008 saw the release of Time Beyond Me, an album recorded in collaboration with Boston Trio pianist Heng-Jin Park and Dawn’s father, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Acting Principal french hornist Daniel Gingrich, which features the Brahms Horn Trio as well works of unaccompanied Bach for violin. Ms. Gingrich has also given solo and chamber performances on Live from WFMT, WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, and Chicago’s ABC7 News This Morning.
As of the 2015-2016 season, Ms. Gingrich was named Concertmaster of Orchestra Iowa. She has also served as Concertmaster with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, and has had the pleasure of working with such conductors as Peter Oundjian, Jahja Ling, David Robertson, Timothy Hankewich, and Larry Rachleff. She plays regularly with the San Diego Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Binghamton Philharmonic, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, and Chicago Philharmonic. Ms. Gingrich’s 2016-2017 season will include performances of the Barber Violin Concerto as well as an extensive chamber series with the Orchestra Iowa String Quartet. Dawn currently divides her time between Iowa and the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago, and enjoys reading, yoga, and spending time with her cats, Kitty and Mimi.