American violinist, Madlen Breckbill, is known among her collaborators as a passionate chamber musician. Described as an “Empathetic player” (MODA, WI), Ms. Breckbill made her debut concerto performance with the Barber violin concerto under the baton of James Smith.
Past achievements include performing the Ravel string quartet as Artist in Residence of the Madeline Island Music festival at the Landmark Centre in Minnesota and a performance of the Dohnanyi quartet no.3 as winners of the Meadowmount quartet competition. Ms. Breckbill was a selected member of the Perlman Scholarhsip piano quintet, performing throughout Wisconsin and Florida. As an orchestral player, Madlen has served as concert-master and principal second of the University of Wisconsin Chamber and Symphony orchestras, principal second and assistant concertmaster for the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, as well as concert master of the Kent/Blossom Chamber. She has performed under the baton of Johannes Debus, James Feddeck, Leon Fleischer, Tania Miller, and Sir Roger Norrington.
During the summers, Ms. Breckbill has attended the Aria International music festival, the Madeline Island music festival, Meadowmount and the Kent/Blossom music festival, where she studied with renowned musicians such as Gregory Fulkerson, Jorja Fleezanis, Peter Otto, Gerardo Ribiero and Steven Rose. Madlen has also performed in master classes for Marilyn McDonald, David Finckel, Samuel Rhodes, James Buswell, Nobuko Imai, Colin Carr, Rob Kapilow and Goeff Nuttall. As a chamber music, Ms. Breckbill has also found special mentorship from working with members of the Jupiter string quartet, Pro Arte Quartet and the Ariana String Quartet.
A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Ms. Breckbill began playing the violin at age four with the Suzuki strings of Madison, earned a pre-college certificate from the Buddy Conservatory while studying with Mr. Eugene Purdue, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Professor David Perry. She recently finished her Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto where she studied with Barry Shiffman, Paul Kantor and Erika Raum.