“Shostakovich is one of my favorite composers. I love all his symphonies!”
Rebecca Corruccini joined the Minnesota Orchestra’s first violin section in 2008 and was named acting assistant concertmaster in spring 2014, then served as acting associate principal second for the 2015-16 season. Before assuming her Minnesota post, she performed two seasons with the Houston Symphony. In recent seasons she has recorded Emmy award-winning PBS All-Star Orchestra episodes as a charter member of the first violin section.
Corruccini has appeared as guest concertmaster of the Louisiana Philharmonic and Philharmonia Mexico, and as guest associate principal second violin with the Baltimore Symphony. From 2010 to 2014 she was concertmaster of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, and with that ensemble she was featured as soloist in Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, Mozart’s Fifth Violin Concerto and Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending. She has also appeared as soloist in Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen as well as the Berg and Stravinsky violin concertos. In another solo role, Corruccini was featured in a recital at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater.
An avid chamber musician, Corruccini founded Paragon Ensembles, a group devoted to community outreach, in her hometown of Davis, California. Locally she spent several seasons performing as a member of the Isles Ensemble. She has often been featured in Minnesota Orchestra chamber concerts including Sommerfest performances of the Mozart Clarinet Quintet with Osmo Vänskä in 2010 and Elgar’s Piano Quintet with Andrew Litton in 2015. In the 2016-17 season, she performs Mendelssohn’s Quintet No. 2 (January 22) and Prokofiev’s Quartet No. 1 (April 23), among others.
Corruccini has been featured in both chamber music and orchestral performances at festivals across the country, including the Colorado Music Festival, where as assistant concertmaster she performed Anders Koppel’s Tarentella with percussion soloist Colin Currie. A member of the Sun Valley Music Festival since 2007, she has also served as a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival orchestra and as faculty at the Brevard Music Center. This summer, she joins the Mainly Mozart festival for the first time.
Corruccini earned a bachelor of music degree with honors at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with William Preucil. She received a master’s degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where her teacher was Kathleen Winkler. A teacher herself since the age of 12, Corruccini maintains a private studio, and she particularly enjoys teaching adult amateurs. Her non-musical passions include the environment and animals, especially Sunshine, her rescue dog.