The String Department at the Peabody Conservatory is distinguished by a faculty of exceptional artists who enjoy national and international careers. Its members have won prizes in some of the most renowned international music competitions, including the Tchaikovsky in Moscow and the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium. They have performed as soloists and chamber musicians to critical acclaim, adjudicated international competitions, been recorded on major labels, and have held principal chairs with prominent symphony orchestras.In addition to providing outstanding musical instruction, members of the Peabody string faculty endeavor to provide a cohesive and comprehensive support mechanism for their students. The ultimate goal of each teacher is to successfully prepare future graduates for the realities and challenges of the music profession.
Under faculty guidance, Peabody students have won major competitions and positions in prestigious orchestras and ensembles throughout the world. Currently, Peabody graduates hold positions, including several principal and co-principal chairs, in the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Houston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, and Los Angeles Philharmonic among others. Top honors in competitions include the Tchaikovsky Competition, Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, Jacques Thibaud in Paris, Paganini in Genoa, Montreal International, and Washington International.