Bonnie Terry is a recently appointed member of the first violin section of the Utah Symphony and an adjunct violin teacher at the University of Utah. She has performed on the NOVA chamber music series and for three years was the concertmaster of the Vivaldi Virtuosi. Previously Ms Terry lived in San Antonio, Texas where she was the associate concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony. She continues to spend summers as a member of the first violin section of the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra in Chicago. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and Interlochen Arts Academy, Bonnie won the CIM concerto competition, the Starling Foundation Scholarship competition at Eastman, and was awarded the Performer’s Certificate. Her teachers have included William Preucil, Paul Kantor, Andres Cardenes, Gerald Elias, Rosemary Malocsay, Doris Preucil, and Hiroko Primrose.
A native of Salt Lake City, Ms. Terry began playing the violin with the Suzuki Method at age six. At age ten she soloed with the Utah Symphony under the direction of Joseph Silverstein, playing Bruch’s Violin Concerto. She has performed with the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, the Fayetteville Chamber Music Festival in Texas, and the Olmos Ensemble in San Antonio. As a student she was a fellowship recipient and member of the Aspen Chamber Orchestra, the Tanglewood Young Artist Quartet Program in Boston, and the Alexander Schneider New York String Seminar.
After graduate school she spent a year with Michael Tilson Thomas’ New World Symphony in Florida, playing both concertmaster and section violin. At age 25 Bonnie won her first job as concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra where she also taught violin at the University of Arizona. Later she taught violin at the University of Virginia where she was Concertmaster and Lecturer in Violin. During her tenure in Tucson she regularly soloed with the Tucson Symphony, including performances of the Barber and Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos and Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending. She was invited to solo with the Wuppertal Symphony in Germany where she played Barber’s Violin Concerto. Bonnie has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Pinchas Zukerman’s National Arts Centre Orchestra in Canada, Rochester Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony, and has been a guest concertmaster for the Oregon Symphony. A highlight of her career was in 2002 when she stepped in last minute to perform Edgar Meyer’s Violin Concerto in New York City for the American Ballet Theatre’s premiere production of “Sin and Tonic”. Bonnie is thrilled to be back in her hometown of Salt Lake City with her family.