On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature 14 year old violinist Rabia Mohammadi. Rabia has been studying violin since the age of three. She has studied with Lei Hou of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Olga Kaler of DePaul University. Presently, she studies with violinist Alexander Belavsky of the Lyric Opera Orchestra of Chicago. She also studies piano with Chicago-based Canadian concert pianist, Winston Choi, Head of Piano at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Rabia has performed in master classes for Daniel Rowland and Rachel Kolly d’Alba. She enjoyed the mentorship and tutelage of the late Deborah Sobol, Founder of Rush Hour Concert Series and Chicago Chamber Musicians.
Rabia Mohammadi recently performed a solo violin recital at PianoForte Studios, Chicago. She was a featured artist for the 2015 Etudes for Innovation at Northwestern University where she performed violin solo and chamber works with Noam Pikelny. The summer of 2014 was highlighted by a European tour with Daniel Rowland for the filming of a Beethoven documentary in Bonn, Germany and Paris, France. Other concerts included: appearances at The Parisian Salon, DePaul Concerto Festival Winner Concert with the Oistrakh Orchestra, Beethoven Bash, International Beethoven Festival, Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall, and Chicago’s Schubertiade.
Rabia continues to be the Artist in Residence of the Buckingham Salon Series. She collaborates regularly with the Fifth House Ensemble, pianist Ann Chang of the Lied Center for Performing Arts, New York-based concert pianist Adam Marks, pianist George Lepauw, founder of the International Beethoven Festival, and others. Also, she was the featured artist at the Roosevelt University Faculty Composers’ Recital. In the summer of 2012, Rabia premiered and recorded Stacy Garrop’s String Quartet, Athena Triumphant in Ganz Hall.