Violinist Michelle Skinner is gaining recognition across the United States for her sensitive and intelligent musicianship in styles ranging from the baroque to contemporary. Ms. Skinner is the Principal Second Violinist of the Amarillo Symphony and a member of the Nu Deco Ensemble. She also performs regularly with the Charleston Symphony, Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, and Colorado Music Festival. Ms. Skinner has served as concertmaster under the baton of notable conductors Leon Fleisher, Gustav Meier, and Marin Alsop, and appears frequently as guest concertmaster of the Amarillo Symphony and the New Chicago Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Skinner’s upcoming solo engagements include Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Amarillo Symphony in the 2017-2018 season. Most recently she performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 with the Southern Illinois Music Festival; J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and Vivaldi’s Winter from The Four Seasons with the New Chicago Chamber Orchestra; and J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins with the Amarillo Symphony.
Having a passion for chamber music, Ms. Skinner has performed and worked with members of the Brentano Quartet, Meliora String Quartet, Takács Quartet, Ying Quartet, and Ariana String Quartet. She has appeared at the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival and the Missouri River Festival of the Arts. As a founding member of the Janós Quartet, the 2011-2012 season included a tour to Shanghai for the Spring International Chamber Music Festival.
Ms. Skinner was a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival from 2011-2014, serving as Principal Second Violin and Assistant Concertmaster. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma in Violin Performance from the Peabody Institute. There she studied with renowned violinist Herbert Greenberg.