Violinist Emily Acri, 25, was born and raised in Chicago's Northshore. She received pre collegiate training from Stacia Spencer at Northwestern University, where she was also a member of the Northwestern Strings violin ensemble, performing regularly at local venues and touring Europe during two summers. From age 7 to 18, Emily was a member of the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory (MYAC) under the direction of Dr. Allan Dennis. There, she studied and performed orchestral and chamber music and solidified her views of the power and importance of musical collaboration. Through Midwest Young Artists, Emily was concertmaster on tour in Germany, frequently performed as a soloist with orchestra, and was twice a semifinalist with string quartets at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Today, Emily continues to teach and perform at MYAC when she is back in Chicago. Emily received her undergraduate training from Indiana University, studying with Mimi Zweig, a world-renowned violin pedagogue. Emily's years in Bloomington strengthened a duel love of being both a performer and a teacher, particularly while playing and instructing during school years and summers with Mimi’s IU String Academy. After her undergraduate study, Emily pursued a Master’s degree at the University of Michigan under the direction of Danielle Belen, a captivating soloist and pedagogue and former faculty at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. At Michigan, Emily often performed with faculty, fellow students, and young artists in various ensemble types and roles. Some notable performances included playing alongside her teacher Danielle at the Center Stage Strings summer program in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as well as performing as concertmaster for a University of Michigan conducting seminar under the instruction of Sir Simon Rattle. Presently, Emily resides in Seattle and is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Washington. Her professor is Ronald Patterson, a seasoned pedagogue, violinist and former student of Jascha Heifetz, Erdice Shapiro, and Manuel Compinsky. Emily regularly performs solo and ensemble works spanning from the Baroque era to music of today. In addition to performing, Emily enjoys teaching privately and especially enjoys her present role as orchestral and chamber music coach to students at the UW. Emily attributes her musical inspiration to her late Grandfather, Robert Acri, a legendary Chicago pianist.