Rebecca Reale, Violin

Rebecca Reale, born in upstate New York, began studying the violin when she was just two and a half years old. Her passion for music led her to Boston at an early age to attend boarding school for the arts. While she was there, she studied with Muir Quartet member and Boston University professor Peter Zazofsky. She then went on to receive her Bachelors Degree from Rice University as a full scholarship student, where she studied with Kathleen Winkler.

Rebecca has spent her summers playing at such institutions as Music Academy of the West, and also Spoleto, Banff, Schleswig Holstein, Aspen, Sarasota music festivals. She has collaborated with some of today’s most prominent musical icons including Pinchas Zukerman, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Michael Tilson Thomas, Glenn Dicterow, Alan Gilbert, Christoph Eschenbach, Ray Chen and Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

Prior to her appointment in Houston, she was a fellow with the New World Symphony for their 2015-2016 season. During her time there, she won the concerto competition and performed Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major with the orchestra on a subscription concert. Her performance was hailed “flawless” by South Florida Classical review for its “youthful freshness,” and “effortless manner with expert bow control and dead on intonation.”

Rebecca joined the Houston Symphony as Associate Principal Second in 2016 and is Acting Principal for the 2016-2017 season. When not performing or fighting the never-ending battle to perfect her instrument (a.k.a practicing), she can be found baking, cooking or fishing.