Rebecca Gilmore, an orchestral and chamber musician, celebrates her 20 years of work with JoAnn Falletta and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
As Assistant Principal Cello, she has led Strauss operas and has performed dynamic cello solos of Vivaldi, Double Cello Concerto, and Beethoven, Triple Concerto.
Ms. Gilmore enjoys a varied career as an extra with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. A native North Carolinian, she was Principal Cellist of the Greensboro Symphony where she made her solo debut with Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations.
Now calling Hampton Roads home, chamber music has been a steady passion with numerous highlights. One such Virginia Arts Festival event was to join forces with JoAnn Falletta in a 2010 NPR live broadcast with the lively Schubert's Guitar Quartet. Ms. Gilmore has been a featured solo and chamber artist with the Virginia Arts Festival, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and numerous college music series including William and Mary, Christopher Newport University, Old Dominion University and Virginia Wesleyan College.
As a leader and co-founder of her own professional chamber ensemble, Ambrosia Quartet, the group has thrived since the fall of 2002. Enjoying a wide range of music for the love of it 'Brahms' and for the challenge of it, contemporary composers such as Pulitzer Prize winning, Caroline Shaw , the Ambrosians have been featured on series locally by The Feldman Chamber Music Society, ODU's Hermitage Series, Sundays at Four and the Jewish Museum and Cultural Center. Ambrosia Quartet has been fortunate to have traveled beyond their home base as far as China, Colorado and North Carolina.
In 2018, Ambrosia Quartet recorded their first professional recording of Dr. Adolphus Hailstork's music, "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot".
Ms. Gilmore holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in cello performance from Indiana and Rice Universities. Her teachers include Janos Starker, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Norman Fischer, and Desmond Hoebig. Ms. Gilmore is currently teaching cello through the Academy of Music (Norfolk, VA) and is on the faculty of Christopher Newport University.