Linnaea Kathleen Brophy, a violinist from Memphis, TN, has a versatile background as a soloist, orchestral player, chamber musician and teacher. In September of 2019, she joined the violin section of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and became a member of the Rockefeller String Quartet, one of two string quartets affiliated with the ASO. In addition to her position with the ASO, Linnaea Brophy also works as an instructor of applied strings at Henderson State University and has performed in theTexarkana Symphony Orchestra. In May of 2020, she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance from Stony Brook University, where she was the 2018 prize winner of the Stony Brook University Concerto Competition. Under the auspices of the Emerson String Quartet at SBU, she also formed the Anello String Quartet, a chamber group that was hailed by the Woodstock Times in Woodstock, NY as “beautifully tonal, coordinated and balanced.”
A veteran of the violin concerto repertoire, Linnaea has performed as a soloist with the Nashville Symphony, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony, and the Vidin Sinfonietta in Vidin, Bulgaria. At age 14, she gave her solo debut recital at the Neue Gallery in Manhattan, leading to an appearance at Carnegie’s Zenkel Hall as a member of the Perlman Music Program Orchestra.
During her studies at the New England Conservatory from 2010 – 2016, she frequently served as concertmaster of both the New England Conservatory Philharmonia and the New England Conservatory Symphony, performing under the baton of noted maestros such as Stephen Lord, Michael Tilson Thomas, Hugh Wolf and Joshua Weilerstein. She was also featured as a conductor/soloist in a performance of the violin concertino part in Handel’s Concerto Grosso with the New England Conservatory Chamber Orchestra and gained further orchestral experience performing with A Far Cry, a Grammy-nominated self-conducted chamber orchestra based in Boston.
Competitions she has won include 1st prizes at the Music Teachers National Association Competition, Junior Division; the Stony Brook University Concerto Competition; the Curb Concerto Competition in Nashville; the Alabama Symphony Concerto Competition; and the Concerto Soloist Award at the International Institute for Conductors in Vidin, Bulgaria.
A familiar presence at summer festivals, Linnaea Brophy is an alumnus of the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, the Keshet Eilon International String Mastercourse in Israel, the Holland International Music Sessions, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Perlman Music Program. Linnaea was coached by John Corigliano on a performance of his Red Violin Ciaconne at the California Summer Music Chamber Institute and has been guided by renowned artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Ivry Gitlis, Vadim Repin, and Roger Tapping. Linnaea holds a B.A. and an M.M. from the New England Conservatory