Rita Lammers

Rita Lammers is a Canadian violinist with a rich and diverse classical music background. As Associate Principal 2nd Violin of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra since 2006, Rita participated in the orchestra's recent success at Carnegie Hall's Spring for Music series, as well as numerous solo and chamber music appearances. Selected for fellowships at Tanglewood, New World Symphony, National Orchestral Institute, Schleswig-Holstein and Verbier Festivals, Rita was loaned a Stradivarius as a member of the Nightingale String Quartet. Successfully completing 3 violin performance degrees with honors (Rice University, Indiana University, and Royal Conservatory of Music-Toronto), Rita was chosen to represent Canada as a Rotary Youth Exchange ambassador to South Africa. Rita has performed in many of the world's great concert halls (Musikverein, Concertgebouw, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Teatro Colon, Berlin Philharmonie, Théâtre de Champs Elysées, and Chicago Orchestra Hall) under the esteemed batons of James Levine, Yuri Temirkanov, Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson Thomas, Marin Alsop, Herbert Blomstedt, Paavo Järvi, Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano and Wolfgang Sawallisch. The 2011-12 season introduces the first performances in Rita's new concert series, $7@7, aimed at engaging audiences with adventurous programming and funding initiatives, at the beautiful Lois M. Nelson Theater at Collingwood Arts Center. Rita performs solo and duo works, with Steinway Artist Sergio Ruiz (piano) in the $7@7 Debut Concert, Music From the Fringe, live and web-streamed in a recital of violin masterpieces on November 4, 2011.