Violinist Heather Braun-Bakken performs as first violinist of the prize-winning Arneis Quartet and as co-concertmaster and soloist with the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music. Dr. Braun-Bakken was appointed to the Boston University School of Music faculty in 2014 and the St. Anselm College faculty in 2016. Recent performing highlights include recitals at Cabot Theater, Concord Free Library, Williams College, Frederick Collection, Rockport (MA) Chamber Music Festival, and East-West Virtuosi. She has performed as a soloist with various orchestras in Boston, Milwaukee, Washington DC, and Manchester, VT.
Dr. Braun-Bakken received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Boston University, studying with Peter Zazofsky. While a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow, she received the Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize; other awards received include the Zulalian Foundation Award and Silver Medal at the ICMEC Competition. Dr. Braun-Bakken has coached chamber music and violin at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Point Counterpoint, Manchester Music Festival, and Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. She taught violin and viola for the Brookline Public Schools for seven years, and now teaches at Westminster Conservatory as well as a private studio in the Princeton area. She can be heard on the recently released, "pale reflections...The Arneis Quartet and Friends" on the Centaur Records label.