Violinist Erin Keefe is the newly appointed Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra as well as an Artist Member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Winner of the 2006 Avery Fisher Career Grant and 2009 Pro Musicis Award, she was also the Grand Prize winner in the Valsesia Musica, Torun, Schadt and Corpus Christi international violin competitions, and was the Silver Medalist in the Carl Nielsen, Sendai, and Gyeongnam competitions.
Erin has appeared as soloist in recent seasons with orchestras such as the New Mexico Symphony, the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, the Sendai Philharmonic and the Gottingen Symphony and has given recitals throughout the United States, Austria, Italy, Germany, Korea, Poland, Japan and Denmark. She has collaborated with artists such as the Emerson String Quartet, Edgar Meyer, Gary Hoffman, David Finckel, Wu Han, Richard Goode, Roberto and Andrés Díaz, Menahem Pressler, and Leon Fleisher, and has recorded for Naxos, the CMS Studio Recordings label and Deutsche Grammophon.
Erin has made numerous festival appearances, such as Music@Menlo, the Marlboro Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, and Ravinia. Other appearnces include the Seattle, OK Mozart, Mimir, Bravo! and Bridgehampton chamber music festivals. She also performs regularly with the Brooklyn and Boston Chamber Music Societies.
Erin earned a Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music Degree from The Curtis Institute of Music. Her teachers included Ronald Copes, Ida Kavafian, Arnold Steinhardt and Philip Setzer. She plays on a Nicolo Gagliano violin from 1732.
A native of Massachusetts, Erin and her husband are always the happiest when surrounded by their friends and enjoy cooking and entertaining at their home in St. Paul.