Rebecca Willett, a Young Steinway Artist, has felt from a young age that God is calling her to be a musician. She began her music education with piano at age 4 and added violin at age 7. Rebecca performs regularly on piano as a soloist and chamber musician. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Music, under world-renowned pianist, Awadagin Pratt at The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
During high school, Rebecca traveled from Virginia Beach to NYC to study with internationally acclaimed pianist, conductor and teacher, Ignat Solzhenitsyn. After being accepted to seven conservatories, Rebecca chose to attend Mannes School of Music in New York, New York beginning August 2012 to study under Irina Morozova. Rebecca earned a Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Kathryn Brown and Daniel Shapiro.
In July 2013, Rebecca was named Runner Up in the Cremona International Piano Competition and performed in the Winner's recital in Cremona, Italy. She has won first prize in numerous concerto competitions, and made her solo orchestral debut playing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in g minor with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in April 2009. She performed the Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor twice in March 2010 with the Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra and the York River Symphony. She performed Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in g minor with the Hampton Roads Philharmonic in 2015. After performing in the 2008 Terrific Talented Teens Concert through Sundays at Four, Rebecca was asked back in 2009 to present a full recital. Rebecca has performed as a soloist in the Virginia Symphony’s Young Artist Showcase many times, since the age of 10. She was also chosen to perform in 10-Piano Concerts in Sacramento, California and Matsumoto, Japan.
Rebecca is from Virginia Beach, and is the daughter of Scott and Kimberly Willett and the sister of Caroline and Eliza Willett. She is blessed to have been a student of gifted teachers: Melody Diehl, Anne Bugg, Dr. Jeffrey Brown, Suzanne Guy, Dr. Jason Peterson, and Dr. Lelia Sadlier.