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The 2012 Irving M. Klein International String Competition

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Emma Steele

Emma Steele

Emma Steele, 22, is a rising violinist renowned for her fresh musical style. A native of Chicago, she has performed nationally and internationally as a soloist and as part of chamber ensembles in venues such as Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Carnegie Hall, Rudolfinum Concert Hall in Prague and Finlandia Hall in Helsinki.

Steele has won awards in many competitions, most recently in the Sibelius International Violin Competition, where she was a finalist and received the Young Talent Prize. She has also received the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Silver Award, WAMSO Elaine Louise Lagerstrom Memorial Violin Award and a study grant from the International Pablo de Sarasate Violin Competition 2009.

An avid chamber musician, Steele has performed on NPR’s From the Top and multiple WFMT radio shows including Introductions and the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series. She is concertmaster of the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and was previously concertmaster of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and Encore Chamber Orchestra. She is featured in the PBS documentary Circling Around: The Violin Virtuosi.

Steele’s first-place awards include the Walgreens Society of American Musicians Young Artist Division, Chinese Fine Arts Society, Musicians Club of Women and Union League Civic and Arts Foundation competitions. She has performed solo with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Youth Concert Orchestra, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Symphony Orchestra and Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic. She studies at Carnegie Mellon University as a student of Cyrus Forough.