Division: String Performance
Position: Associate Professor, Division Coordinator
Office: E-543 HFAC
Monte Belknap has performed at the International Music Festival of the Adriatic in Italy, The George Enescu International Violin Competition in Romania, The Barge Music Series in NYC, and served as concertmaster of the Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. After a performance of the Barber Concerto with the BYU Philharmonic, critic, Ed Reichel stated:
“Belknap captured the eloquence of the music with his luxurious playing that embraced the lyricism fully…. Belknap’s fingers certainly flew up and down the fingerboard. And his dexterity was paired with a lightness that brought a shimmering quality to the music. It was a tour de force performance.”
In 2010, Professor Belknap was awarded “Studio Teacher of the Year” by the Utah State Chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA). He studied with the world-renowned pedagogues Kurt Sassmannshaus and Dorothy DeLay at the University of Cincinnati, College–Conservatory of Music, and also served as a faculty member of the prestigious Starling Preparatory String Project and as an assistant of Mr. Sassmannshaus. He is enjoying his fifteenth year teaching at Brigham Young University–School of Music. His students have won competitions across the United States, including seven performances in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City in the last four years.
He currently serves as the concertmaster and soloist with the LA East recording studio and has been the featured violin soloist on many sound tracks including “The Work and the Glory” movies, the “The Iceland Saints”, the online video games “Lord of the Rings” and “Dungeons and Dragons”. He shared the stage, performing chamber music with international artists Jeffrey Solow, Scott Ballentyne, Steve Balderston, Mark Kosower, John Novacek, Denise Djokic, Menahim Pressler, and Miriam Fried.
In the summers, Belknap teaches and performs at Brigham Young University’s Summerfest Music Festival; the International Music Festival of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy; and at the Park City Beethoven Festival in Utah.
He performs on either of his two violins, made by Jordan Hess in Salt Lake City in 2016.
Former Concertmaster of Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestras
MM, Violin Performance, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, 1994
Further studies in Viola and Orchestral Conducting, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music
BM, Violin Performance, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, 1991