Rebecca has spent many of her summer weeks furthering her music studies at violin and piano institutes and camps, including the prestigious Southeastern Piano Festival, the International Institute for Young Musicians, Credo Chamber Music, and the Cremona International Music Academy. During the summer of 2015, Rebecca studied chamber and solo music at the Bowdoin International Music Festival.
Rebecca served as the church pianist at her home church, Tabernacle United Methodist Church. She is the first graduate of The Willett School and received an advanced diploma in June 2012. Rebecca volunteered for Equikids Therapeutic Riding program for four years. In her free time, she can usually be found somewhere with a book or teaching a Zumba class. Rebecca is the daughter of Scott and Kimberly Willett and the sister of Caroline and Eliza Willett.
Rebecca Willett, age 22, a Young Steinway Artist, has felt from a young age that God is calling her to be a musician. She never would have imagined that by the age of 22, she would have studied under two of her piano role models- Awadagin Pratt and Ignat Solzhenitsyn. Rebecca began her music education with piano at age 4 and added violin at age 7. She performs on piano as a soloist, collaborator and chamber musician. Rebecca received her Bachelor's Degree in Music, Piano Performance, studying under Dr. Daniel Shapiro and Kathryn Brown at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is continuing her studies with internationally acclaimed concert artist and conductor, Awadagin Pratt at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory as she pursues her Master's in Piano Performance.
Same day. Same genre. Same type of orchestra. Two artists at opposite ends of a career.
That's the dynamic for concerts Sunday featuring Rebecca Willett, college student and pianist, and David S. Kunkel, who is wrapping up a 35-year tenure as conductor of Symphonicity.
Rebecca is always ready to offer a full solo recital. She has prepared numerous piano concerti and has performed many with orchestras around the country. In addition, Rebecca has developed a wide repertoire of collaborative and chamber pieces. She is happy to learn new repertoire for a specific concert or to bring back previously performed works for new occasions. Please refer to the 'Contact' page for booking information.
Recital Review, May 2016
Outstanding Recital by the Young Steinway Artist, Rebecca Willett, May 22 at Christ Episcopal Church, Smithfield. Artistic Director, Sundays at Four, Heidi Bloch wrote: Sundays at Four performances are always memorable, but Smithfield’s classical music presence finds Solo Youth Recitalists, teenagers all, who are exceptional, home-grown, and beyond fabulous. [more...]
as a musical "extra" in its yearly Sundays at Four concert series. [more...]
Rebecca Willett, piano