Originally from Québec, Canada, violinist Andréa Picard Boecker has performed across Europe, Asia, and North America as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. Her engaging and dynamic performance style delight audiences and she is heard regularly in chamber music series and festivals as well as faculty concerts. Andréa Picard Boecker is the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra’s Principal Second Violin, and is an active performer in the Baltimore-Washington area.
As a teaching-artist, Andréa Picard Boecker has served on the chamber music faculty of Peabody Institute’s Conservatory and Preparatory Divisions, and also as violin faculty at Towson and Susquehanna Universities. She teaches every summer at the Camp Musical des Laurentides and regularly serves on adjudication panels for young artist competitions. Her extensive teaching experience has led to giving teacher-training sessions and masterclasses in France, Canada, and the U.S., including the national conference of the American String Teacher’s Association. Andréa Picard Boecker co-directed the Young People’s String Program at the Peabody Preparatory for nine years and maintains a vibrant studio of passionate young students at the Peabody Preparatory. She firmly believes in the giving power of music, and is intentional about bringing her performances and those of her students to the broader community by organizing innovative outreach concerts and events.
Picard Boecker received the “Prix” with Highest Distinction at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Montréal, where she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in violin performance and chamber music. She holds a master’s degree in performance and pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where she was awarded the Josef Kaspar Award for Strings. Her primary teachers and influences have included Johanne Arel, Raymond Dessaints, Victor Danchenko, and Violaine Melançon.
When she isn’t teaching or performing, Andréa Picard Boecker is wholeheartedly involved in the adventure of family life with her husband and three children.