Our Musicians

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Violinist EMILY GLOVER (Aurora Musicalis String Quartet) joined the first violin section of the North Carolina Symphony in September 2015. In recent seasons she has played regularly with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Colorado Music Festival, and spends her summers with the Central City Opera orchestra. In addition, she was Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra from 2013 to 2016, and held principal positions with the Castleton Festival Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, and Brevard Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared as soloist with the North Carolina Symphony, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, and Furman Symphony Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, Glover is currently a member of string quartet Aurora Musicalis and has been first violinist with the Lockerbie String Quartet. She was a guest performer with the Muir Quartet in Boston and has collaborated recently with pianist William Wolfram. She has also regularly performed on the North Carolina Symphony Soundbites series and has been a guest artist for the Talking Music series at UNC-Chapel Hill.

A native of Lynchburg, Virginia, Glover holds degrees from Furman University and Boston University, where her teachers have included Peter Zazofsky and Thomas Joiner. She lives in Cary with her husband, David, and daughter, Maia.

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Violinst ERIN ZEHNGUT (Aurora Musicalis String Quartet) joined the first violin section of the North Carolina Symphony in 2016. In addition to playing with the Symphony, she maintains an active chamber music schedule as a member of both the Aurora Musicalis string quartet and the Oak City String quartet. Before moving to North Carolina, she was a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, where, in addition to orchestral and chamber music performances, she was active in the symphony’s Community Engagement program. She traveled to Medellín, Colombia to perform and coach for the Academia Filarmónonica de Medellin, and was also the US representative at the performance to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Nuclear Research Institute CERN in Switzerland. Erin has also performed and toured with the Minnesota Orchestra. In 2021 she appeared as a soloist with the North Carolina Symphony, and has previously appeared as a soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra.

Erin earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Aaron Berofsky, and her Master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Stephen Rose. When she is not playing the violin, Erin spends as much time as she can outdoors, hiking, running, playing tennis and gardening.

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AMY MASON (Aurora Musicalis String Quartet) has been a violist in the NC Symphony since 2012. A native of Dearborn, Michigan, she received her bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Michigan, and her master’s degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music where she studied with James Dunham. Before joining the NC Symphony, she performed with ensembles including the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Dearborn Symphony and the New World Symphony. She has spent summers at the Peninsula Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival and the New York String Orchestral Seminar. Mason is a member of the Oak City String Quartet and the Aurora Musicalis String Quartet, teaches at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has a private studio. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, trumpet player Alex Fioto, and their two children, two cats and one dog.

Elizabeth Beilman

ELIZABETH BEILMAN (Aurora Musicalis String Quartet and Mixed Ensemble), a native of Wichita, Kansas, joined the North Carolina Symphony in 1988 and now serves as Associate Principal Cello. Since coming to Raleigh, she has performed in numerous recitals and ensembles in N.C. and has appeared as soloist with the North Carolina Symphony. Before her arrival in N.C., Ms. Beilman was Artist-in Residence for two years at the Banff Centre for the Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada. During that time, she toured throughout Canada, performed with Felix Galamir and with Menachem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio, and was featured at the Shawnigan Lake Festival in British Colombia. She is a co-founder of Aurora Musicalis.

Ms. Beilman holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Performance from the Indiana University School of Music. While at I.U., she held a faculty position of Associate Instructor and served as Assistant to Fritz Magg, Distinguished Professor of Music. Other cello teachers were Anner Bylsma, Aldo Parisot and Paul Tortelier. Her extensive background in chamber music includes studies with Rostislav Dubinsky, Josef Gingold and Peter Oundjian. She has recorded for the Albany label. Ms. Beilman performs on a Venetian cello made in 1921 by Giulio Degani.

Jimmy Gilmore

JIMMY GILMORE (Aurora Musicalis String Quartet and Mixed Ensemble) is a native of Dallas, Texas and is Principal Clarinetist of the North Carolina Symphony. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Science degree from the Juilliard School of Music. Mr. Gilmore was formerly a member of the Rochester Philharmonic and the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point. A faculty member of Duke University and Meredith College, Mr. Gilmore has made numerous appearances as a soloist and recitalist throughout the Southeast. In addition, he has appeared many times as a concerto soloist with the North Carolina Symphony.

Chamber music has long been an important part of Mr. Gilmore’s musical life. He is a founding member of the ensemble, AURORA MUSICALIS and has performed in many recitals in the Triangle. Mr. Gilmore is also a published writer. His articles have appeared in Opus Magazine, The State Magazine, The Spectator and Clarinetwork. In 1989, his one-act play, The Picture Album won second prize in the Wachovia Playwrights Competition, a state-wide contest, He is currently serving as President of the Professional Musicians Association, A.F. of M., Local #500.

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Declared by the American Liszt Society as “A sensitive pianist, Solomon’s playing is poetic, beautiful and moving with deep feeling.” American pianist SOLOMON EICHNER has performed in England, Italy, Germany, Austria, Poland and throughout the U.S. Originally from Baltimore, Solomon attended the Manhattan School of Music, Peabody Conservatory and University of South Carolina. Solomon and his wife Becky live in Raleigh where he is on staff at Campbell University.

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JOHN NOEL grew up in Henderson, North Carolina, where he began studying the piano at the age of eight. He left Henderson in 1985 to continue his piano studies and general education at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, where he received a High School Diploma in 1988.

Mr. Noel received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory in 1993, a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School in 1995, and a Diplôme Supérieur at the Schola Cantorum in 2002. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in 2003.

Mr. Noel spent three years in Paris as a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, a Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship and a Société Générale Scholarship. While in Paris, Mr. Noel began his dissertation on the piano music of French composer Henri Dutilleux (b. 1916), following coachings with the composer and his wife, pianist Geneviève Joy. As a Fulbright recipient, Mr. Noel played concerts at the Fondation des États-Unis and the US Embassy in Paris, the University of Nice and the Fulbright Seminar in Berlin.

Mr. Noel played solo and chamber music in Germany, Italy and Jordan as part of the 1987-88 International Music Program of the North Carolina School of the Arts. He performed contemporary music of young Finnish composers in Helsinki and Malmö at the 1994 New Music Festival for Scandinavian composers. Mr. Noel received an award for his performance of the “Chorale and Variations” of Henri Dutilleux following a recital at the 1993 French Piano Institute in Paris. He performed with the North Carolina Symphony in 1988 and received first prize in the 1986 Chopin Young Pianists’ Competition following a recital at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Mr. Noel maintains a private teaching studio in Raleigh. He is an adjunct instructor at Wake Technical Community College, where he teaches Music Appreciation and History of Rock.

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BRIAN REAGIN, now celebrating his twenty-first season as Concertmaster with the North Carolina Symphony, made his solo debut with the Cleveland Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Since 1990, Mr. Reagin has made annual solo appearances with the North Carolina Symphony performing concertos by Vieuxtemps, Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky and others. He has performed recitals throughout the United States and has toured Europe, the Pacific Rim countries, Africa and the Caribbean as a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony, and as a recitalist and chamber musician. A highlight of his extensive chamber music career was a televised performance of the Brahms B-major Trio with André Previn and Yo-Yo Ma. In 1991 and 1992, he performed Claude Bolling Jazz Suite for Violin with Bolling and his Trio, including a performance for French television.

Brian Reagin’s studies have included coachings with the Guarneri Quartet, Mischa Schneider of the Budapest Quartet, Ivan Galamian and Josef Gingold. He has held faculty and Visiting Artist positions with Carnegie-Mellon University, the Cleveland Institute of Music and East Carolina University. Since 1996, he has been Concertmaster of the Chautauqua Symphony at the Chautauqua Institution of New York. Among his several commercial compact discs is the world premiere recording of the George Frederick McKay Concerto with the National Radio Symphony of Ukraine, recently released on the Naxos label.

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REBEKAH BINFORD is well known to North Carolina audiences for her extensive recital and solo work. Ms. Binford presently holds the position of Assistant Concertmaster with the North Carolina Symphony. She is frequently heard as a concerto soloist with the Symphony, her most recent contribution being a critically acclaimed performance and recording of Nathanial Stookey's Double Concerto with Concertmaster Brian Reagin and the N.C. Symphony. She also recently completed a recording of the Harold Schiffman Concerto for Violin and Orchetra in Budapest, Hungary.

Ms. Binford attended Indiana University where she studied with James Buswell. She also worked with Ivan Galamian and David Cerone at Meadowmount and attended Tanglewood-Berkshire Music Center where she worked closely with Joseph Silverstein in orchestral, chamber and master class settings. Ms Binford performs regularly with the chamber group Aurora Musicalis and on the Jewel Edgerton Williamson Chamber Music Series at Peace College. She has performed on The Weymouth Center series in Southern Pines, the N.C. Museum of Art series in Raleigh as well as many other venues around the Triangle. She has premiered several works by contemporary composers, two of which have been dedicated by the composer to her. Ms Binford has been heard on national radio broadcasts from Tanglewood and Eastern Music Festival. She performs on a Sanctus Seraphin violin made in Venice, Italy in 1736.