Molly Emerman


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Alaska born violinist Molly Emerman is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Austin Symphony Orchestra.  She is a winner of the Young Alaskan Artist Award and a first violinist with the Austin Lyric Opera.

As an orchestral musician Molly has performed in Japan, Malaysia, China, Switzerland, and across the US, under conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Fabio Luisi, and Krzysztof Urbański.  She was previously engaged as Principal Second Violin of the Reading Symphony (Philadelphia) and was a violinist with the Delaware Symphony.  She has performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the New World Symphony, and the Charleston Symphony.  Molly currently spends her summers with the Victoria Bach Festival and the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, and has spent recent summers with the Spoleto USA Festival, Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Beijing International Music Festival, and Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), among others.

As a soloist and chamber musician Molly has performed in recital across the US and internationally in Brazil, Germany, Switzerland, and Japan.  She enjoys working with composers, and frequently collaborates on projects involving commissions, premieres, non-standard performance settings, and performances of contemporary works.  She has also performed with folk and rock bands at concerts and festivals (such as SXSW) and for numerous commercial recording projects for movies, commercials, and video games.

Active in music outreach and education, Molly worked as a Teaching Artist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, teaching and presenting concerts and workshops throughout Philadelphia schools and at the Curtis Institute of Music.  In Austin, Molly is a member of the Building Blocks outreach program with the Austin Symphony, is a coach with the Austin Chamber Music Center and CHAMPS, has worked as a teacher and mentor for leadership seminars and at the Arc of the Arts, and maintains a private violin studio.

Molly received her Master of Music from Rice University and her Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University.  Her principal teachers include Almita and Roland Vamos, Kathleen Winkler, and Julia Bushkova.