REBECCA ZIMMERMAN began studying piano at the age of four and cello at the age of ten. Throughout her early development as a cellist, she studied with several teachers including Dajing Yang, Jim Wilson of the Shanghai Quartet, and Neal Cary, principal cellist of the Richmond Symphony. Zimmerman graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2003 with a B.M. in Cello Performance, studying under Stephen Geber, former principal cellist of The Cleveland Orchestra. In 2008, she received her master's degree from Northwestern University under the instruction of Hans Jorgen Jensen. Zimmerman has attended Eastern Music Festival, Tanglewood, Kent-Blossom Music Festival, and the National Orchestral Institute, at all of which she served as principal cellist. Zimmerman's competition winnings include the 1999 Richmond Symphony and the 2000 Eastern Music Festival concerto competitions. She has held positions in the Canton Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, New World Symphony, and Northwest Indiana Symphony. She is currently an active teacher and performer in Chicago, where she teaches for the Merit School of Music and plays with several chamber orchestras including Camerata Chicago, New Millennium Orchestra, and Erato Chamber Orchestra. Zimmerman is on the faculty of Northwestern University Academy. She has been on the faculty at EMF since 2003.
Rebecca Zimmerman will be on leave during the Festival's 2020 season.