Violist Rebecca Albers received her first musical instrument, a plastic violin, when she was 10-months-old. The youngest child in a family of musicians, she quickly realized this instrument was not the real deal and went right back to harassing her older sisters for theirs. Her parents took pity a year and half later, presenting her with a real violin, and thus, with her mother Ellie LeRoux as her Suzuki violin teacher, Rebecca’s musical life began.
A native of Longmont, CO, Rebecca doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t sure she would grow up to be a musician. The only thing in question was what she would end up doing in music. At age nine, after her mother had for seven years put up with teaching and practicing with one of the most distracted children in history, Rebecca continued her studies with James Maurer at the University of Denver. Around this time, she picked up the viola for the first time and it was love at first play. She went on to study viola with Heidi Castleman and Hsin-Yun Huang at the Juilliard School.
While in school, she formed the Albers Trio with her two sisters, Laura and Julie, and still performs regularly with the group. After graduating from Juilliard with her BM and MM, she moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where she became the youngest string department faculty member at the University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre & Dance. In 2010, she joined the awesome viola section of the Minnesota Orchestra as Assistant Principal, and has subsequently fallen in love with both the orchestra and the Twin Cities. Rebecca lives in Saint Paul with her partner, Maiya Papach, their dog Billie, and their cats, Jack, Henry, and Polly.