Monte Belknap's performing career spans 30 years with notable solo
performances and accomplished mentors. He won the International
Starling Violin Competition in Aspen, Colorado in 1989. This honor
awarded full scholarship to the College-Conservatory of Music in
Cincinnati, where he earned his BM and MM degrees in violin performance
as a student of Kurt Sassmannshaus and Dorothy Delay. Mr. Belknap
served as concertmaster of the Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestras,
the Knox-Galesburg Symphony, and other respected ensembles. He studied
Chamber music with some of the world's leading performing ensembles
including the Julliard, Tokyo and LaSalle String Quartets and the
Beaux Arts Piano Trio. He soloed with the Illinois Symphony, the
Dayton Philharmonic, and the Jacksonville Symphony and recorded
on the Lagossa and Encore labels.
His reputation and distinguished skills as an instructor of violin
led many of his students to win competitions and perform as soloists
with noted symphonies including the Cincinnati Symphony, the Dayton
Philharmonic, and the Jacksonville Symphony. Mr. Belknap teaches
a blend of technical master, memory, the use of modern technology
and motion training. He recently joined the music faculty of BYU,
having previously taught at BYU-Idaho and Western Illinois University.
He champions music education with a bright vision for promoting
the arts. He founded the Chamber Music Series for the Dayton Philharmonic,
the "Meet the Artist Series" with the Dayton Philharmonic,
the Monument Symphony Orchestra, the Prelude Strings Chamber Music
Festival in Dayton, Ohio, and Western Illinois University's Summer
String Camps in 1998.
Mr. Belknap receives frequent invitations to serve as guest
clinician in both public schools and private studios across the
nation. He has conducted all-state orchestras and taught at
many of today's finest music festivals. Professor Belknap also serves as a member of the Utah ASTA Executive Board.
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