Chicago Philharmonic Violinist Betsy Cline


Betsy ClineQ. What inspired you to pursue music as a career?

A. My mother was a pianist, so there was always music in the house.  Then I spent my junior and senior high school years at the Interlochen Arts Academy.  With a concert every week, I learned so much.  I knew then that I wanted to spend my life making that beautiful music.

Q. What do you like most about the CPO’s ensemble approach to creating music?

A. The musicians in CPO play in such a variety of ensembles – orchestral, opera and chamber music.  These unique skills bring a richness of experience to both orchestral and chamber music performances.  It’s wonderful to hear both.

Q. What new endeavors would you like to see the CPO pursue in the future?
A. Several years ago CPO had a collaborative project with children in a Chicago public school where they learned the story and music of Stravinsky’s Firebird.  We demonstrated the musical themes, they drew pictures, made up dances and later came to our concert.  The children loved it and learned to appreciate a wonderful piece of ‘modern’ music.  Who knows how many of those children will have a lifelong love of music?

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