Ravenna Lipchik (violin), who grew up in Milwaukee, was a co-winner of our competition in 2010, while studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She began playing violin at age four and made her debut with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at the age of eight, playing the Bach Double Violin Concerto. In 2005, she played Handel’s Messiah with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra.
Playing in the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra for five years, she acted as concertmaster for three years. She has participated in chamber music programs such as The Quartet Program, The Meadowmount School of Music, and Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Chamber ensembles. During a year abroad in France, Ravenna was awarded the Prix de Perfectionnement – the highest diploma granted in the regional conservatories of France – in violin performance and chamber music. She was a finalist in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition and was a Elizabeth W. Boyce Scholarship winner in the Civic Music Association young artist competition. In November, 2009, she won the Menomennee Falls Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition.
Ravenna’s California experience included studying violin with Axel Strauss while attending the San Francisco Conservatory before pursuing her Master of Music degree at Julliard, where she studied under Ronald Copes and Laurie Smutler. She joined the Shattered Glass Ensemble in New York, a conductorless string ensemble that is truly collaborative and self-operated. She also has played with the innovative Majik*Majik Orchestra. See her website, www.ravennalipchik.com. (Resume updated by Concerto Committee in 2016 from reliable online sources.)