Summer Music Series presents Alex Beyer on piano and Rebecca Gilmore on Cello

 Chrysler Museum of Art in the Kaufman Theater

Sunday, August 14, 2022, at 2 p.m.

Admission: Free


Stay for a little… or stay for a while!


Works by Bach, Schubert, and Mendelssohn

About Rebecca Gilmore

Rebecca Gilmore, a classically trained professional musician, is Assistant Principal Cellist with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra where she has been a featured soloist in operas, chamber music, in an NPR broadcast featuring Schubert’s Guitar Quartet with JoAnn Falletta, and as cello soloist, in the epic Beethoven Triple Concerto. Through the Virginia Arts Festival, both Ms. Gilmore and her group, Ambrosia Quartet, have been featured along with internationally acclaimed pianist, Olga Kern.  Making her mark with the universities, Ms. Gilmore recently collaborated as soloist in Schumann’s poetic Cello Concerto with the Old Dominion University Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Eastern Shore.

With performance degrees from Indiana and Rice Universities, Gilmore continues to seek the highest quality collaborations.  In the recording arena, she is a BMI composer and a Spotify recording Artist.  Living out a named coined for her, “a real Johnny apple seed”, Ms. Gilmore is fulfilling her #classi-crossover cello dream of multi-genre performances.  She continues to enjoy the ripple effect of new ventures for a classical cellist (either adding a pickup on her acoustic cello or playing her NS electric cello Ned Steinberger and even singing pop songs at summer events) while expanding her circle of musical colleagues.

As a cello pedagogue, Ms. Gilmore shares her entrepreneurial spirit, her vision as a cello artist, and her drive with students from ages four through college.  She draws inspiration from the collective of cello-life experiences and SAA Suzuki training (all 10 books).

Combining her passions, “Yoga with cello ~ a Being in harmony”, she is developing facets of her gem, yoga and cello.  A Yoga Alliance member and trained “200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher” with Chesapeake Hot Yoga in Virginia, Gilmore uses her music and yoga to share the practice of yoga.  She can be found performing live music for a special studio setting or playing her own recorded Indian raga – inspired pieces.

“A real Johnny appleseed”, Ms. Gilmore continues to explore with her cello, whether it be an outside winter performance with her box cello, a summertime top-of-restaurant performance, or subbing in for an all Irish music gig, she’s calling the shots.

About Alex Beyer

Alexander Beyer, 27, has received warm praise for his performances nationally and internationally. In 2016, he received Third Prize in the Queen Elisabeth Competition, and was named one of five finalists of the American Pianists Association Awards. He has been a guest soloist with major orchestras in the United States and Europe, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Brussels Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Royal Orchestra of Wallonia, and the Irish National Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Milwaukee, Charlotte, Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury, and Bridgeport Symphony Orchestras, among others. Recent performances have brought him to Greece, Slovakia, Holland, Belgium, and across the United States. He received Sixth Prize at the 2015 US Chopin Competition, and Third Prize at the 2015 Dublin International Piano Competition. Beyer was a 2012 US Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

Rebecca Gilmore Cello Schumann Cello Concerto Live 10.03.2021 Dr. Paul Kim & the ODU Sym Orchestra

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto n. 3 in D minor op. 30 | Alexander Beyer Queen Elisabeth Competition 2016