Solveig Geenen

Columbia, Missouri

University of Michigan SMTD, Master of Music, 2025
Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, Bachelor of Music, 2023

Solveig Geenen is currently pursuing her master's degree at the University of Michigan studying with David Halen. She previously studied with Gerardo Ribeiro at Northwestern University. Solveig holds a section violin position with Ann Arbor Symphony. An advocate for accessible music education, Solveig served as President of the Evanston Young Artists program in her time at Northwestern, which provides free lessons to underserved students in the Chicago area. Previously, she attended the Aspen Music Festival and School as a violin fellow.

What inspired you to become a musician?
As long as I can remember, the violin has been an integral part of my life. My mom started teaching me to play the violin when I was three years old, and my sister started learning soon after. When I was young, I wanted to be just like my mom when I grew up, so naturally I wanted to play the violin like her, too! As I’ve gotten older, I’ve discovered my own connection to the violin, but my inspiration for becoming a musician will always be tied to my mom.

Name three of your favorite composers:
I love the late Beethoven string quartets and anything by Brahms. In high school, I would listen to classical music on my bus ride everyday, and I became captivated by Beethoven’s quartet cycle and Brahms’ symphonies. I’m also a huge fan of Prokofiev–I’m working on his Sonata for Two Violins with my sister right now, which is another one of my favorite pieces.

What is an interesting fact about you and/or your instrument?
I love to read and write; I got an English minor in addition to my music degree at Northwestern!

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
Go for a hike or a run, knit, or cook a new recipe!

Why did you choose the NRO?
I chose the NRO because of the incredible opportunity to make music with so many other talented musicians and to serve in a leadership role in the ensemble. I’m really excited to be a part of such a high caliber orchestral program and to learn from my peers and the conductors. I’m also looking forward to living in Breckenridge this summer and continuing to foster my love of the outdoors through hiking and exploring the area.