Celebrating 60 Years of Musical Excellence

June 26 – July 31, 2021

Rebecca Zimmerman

REBECCA ZIMMERMAN began studying piano at four and cello at 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 with a Bachelor of Music in cello performance, studying under Stephen Geber, former principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra. She received her master’s degree from Northwestern University under the instruction of Hans Jorgen Jensen. Zimmerman has attended EMF, 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 EMF concerto competitions. Zimmerman has held positions in the Canton Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, New World Symphony, and Northwest Indiana Symphony. She is 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 EMF’s faculty since 2003.