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Anne-Marie Brown, First Violin

Anne-Marie Brown is a member of the Kansas City Symphony first violin section. She performs extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the Kansas City area. The Kansas City Star has described her performances as displaying "splendid virtuosity...with a rich, impressive tone" and KCMetropolis has said "Brown's playing was stellar, with lyricism and technique to spare." The Miami Herald has noted her playing's "silky, suave tone and unaffected beauty." In recent seasons, she has been a frequent soloist with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, as well as a guest musician with Summerfest Concerts. She is a member of the newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and she has recorded a work for piano trio on the Navona label, which was released in 2012. Brownis also co-principal second violin of the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and concertmaster of the Starlight Theater Orchestra. In addition to performing, she is a dedicated teacher, serving on the faculty of the Heartland Chamber Music Festival and maintaining a private violin studio. Before moving to Kansas City, Brown was a member of the New World Symphony where she served as concertmaster and principal second violin under Michael Tilson Thomas. As a member of New World chamber ensembles, she performed throughout Europe and the United States, as well as appearing as concerto soloist with the orchestra. She also participated for two summers in the orchestra's chamber music residency in the Hamptons in New York. In addition to her work in New World, she has played in the Atlanta Symphony and served as principal second violin of the Chicago Civic Orchestra. Brown holds degrees from Northwestern University and Manhattan School of Music, where she was a student of Glenn Dicterow. She also has studied and performed at numerous music festivals, including the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, ENCORE School for Strings, Tanglewood and the Park City International Music Festival, among others. Her chamber music coaches have included members of the Tokyo, Cleveland, Vermeer and American String Quartets, as well as members of the Beaux Arts Trio. She has won many honors and awards, including the New World Symphony Concerto Competition, the Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition, the Illinois Young Performers Competition, the Society of American Musicians Competition, and the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Competition, plus the Anna Schauffler Lockwood Award for Strings, among others. Brown lives in downtown Kansas City with her fiancé, fellow KCS member Lawrence Figg and her three adorable dogs Peanut, Butter and Penelope.

Ten questions about me:

What is your earliest musical memory?

My parents had a vast classical record collection, and I think music was always playing in our house. Also, my three older siblings all played instruments, so music was a natural part of the environment when I was growing up.

How did you choose your instrument?

I wanted to play violin because my older sister was taking lessons, and I fell in love with the sound of it (plus, I wanted to do everything she did!). When I was 3, my parents gave me a little toy violin, and I would mimic everything she did when she practiced. Finally, I got a real violin and could take lessons of my own!

What is your favorite thing about performing music?

Performing music gives me a chance to express emotions, thoughts and feelings that could never be put into words.

What songs/albums are in your iPod/MP3 Player/CD Player right now?

A wide variety of medieval and renaissance music.

If you weren't a professional musician, what occupation would you choose?

I would love to be a professional writer (novelist) and/or work in animal rescue and conservation.

Where is your favorite place to hang out?

The library. Reading is my favorite hobby, so I'm always in need of new books!

What good book have you read recently?

"Wolf Hall" by Hilary Mantel and "The Lady in the Tower" by Alison Weir. I'm a bit of a Tudor history fanatic.

What is the one item you must have on a desert island?

Books!

What is your Kansas City Barbecue "joint" of choice?

Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue.