Baltimore-native Kristin Bakkegard is an active violinist and teacher in the greater Washington, D.C. area. She is Associate Principal 2nd Violin of the Annapolis Symphony and tours nationally as Principal 2nd Violin of the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra. Ms. Bakkegard also performs with several other orchestras in the region, including the Richmond Symphony, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, National Philharmonic, Maryland Symphony, Delaware Symphony, and Williamsburg Symphony. Ms. Bakkegard has soloed with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Montgomery College Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, she is a member of the Annapolis Chamber Players, Riverhawk String Quartet, and a founding member of Affinity String Quartet. Ms. Bakkegard has appeared on multiple NPR Tiny Desk concerts, featuring alt-J, The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, and Meg Myers.
In addition to performing, Ms. Bakkegard is an enthusiastic teacher; along with maintaining a private studio, she is on faculty at the Annapolis Symphony Academy and is a violin teacher at the PVA Program at Broadneck High and Bates Middle School in Annapolis. She also is a coach for the Columbia Youth Orchestra, College Park Youth Orchestra, Strathmore’s East County Strings, and the Annapolis Chamber Music Project.
Ms. Bakkegard has performed internationally in Austria, the Czech Republic, Italy, and Canada, and attended festivals including the National Repertory Orchestra and National Orchestral Institute. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Violin Performance from Ithaca College and the University of Maryland – College Park, respectively. Her primary teachers have been members of the Baltimore and National Symphony Orchestras.
In her free time, Ms. Bakkegard enjoys making music with her husband Paul and taking walks with their greyhound, Jovie, where they reside in Arnold, MD.