String Division, violin
Monique Mead has been a lifelong ambassador for classical music as a violinist, educator and innovator. She has devoted her performing career to nurturing new audiences and deepening the musical experience for seasoned concertgoers. Since 1998, she has appeared regularly on German television and radio featuring her innovative youth concerts with prestigious German orchestras in Berlin, Munich, and Cologne, among others. In the U.S. she has collaborated with the Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Mainly Mozart, Orcas Island, Rockport Festival, and other organizations to create engaging concert experiences. She currently serves as Board Chair of Chamber Music Pittsburgh and Artistic Director of a Festival at Rancho la Puerta Resort in Mexico. As Director of Music Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon School of Music, Monique is passionate about helping students forge new pathways for musicians in the 21st century. Other interests include yoga, hiking, homegrown cuisine, and performing with her two talented teens. She performs on a 1717 Stradivarius violin, graciously on loan from Carnegie Mellon University.