Emerson Millar, Co-Concertmaster
Connie and Bob Eaton Chair
Emerson Millar is a graduate of the Colburn School in Los Angeles. Originally from Ithaca in upstate New York, Emerson grew up on a 100-acre organic farm. She began her violin studies through the Suzuki program with Kirstin Marshall at the age of seven. At the age of 12, Emerson was accepted to the Juilliard Pre-College in New York City, where she studied with Catherine Cho until she graduated high school in 2013.
As an orchestral musician, Emerson has appeared as concertmaster of the New World Symphony and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. While still a student at the Colburn School, Emerson served as the concertmaster of the Debut Orchestra and the associate concertmaster of the American Youth Symphony. A recipient of the New Horizons Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival, she performed as the assistant concertmaster of the Aspen Festival Orchestra in the summer of 2015. Emerson was a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami for the 2017-18 season. In March of 2018, she performed the Barber Violin Concerto, conducted by in Edwin Outwater, as a winner of the New World Symphony concerto competition. She has been a participant at Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival USA and the Heifetz International Music Institute.
Emerson has worked with many renowned conductors including Stéphane Denève, Sir Neville Marriner, Nicholas McGegan, Ludovic Morlot, Andris Nelsons and Esa-Pekka Salonen. As a lover of chamber music, she has worked with Roberto Díaz, Ronald Leonard and Paul Colletti, as well as members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Tokyo, Miró and Emerson String Quartets. She received a Bachelor of Music from the Colburn Conservatory of Music where she studied with Robert Lipsett.