Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, violinist Emily Botel has performed throughout North America and Europe with the belief that music is a powerful tool to create connection and community. She is passionate about reaching new audiences through small ensemble and chamber orchestra performance. Emily is first violinist of the Amaranth Quartet, a founder and violinist with the unconducted, chamber orchestra One Found Sound, and a member of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. Emily has appeared as soloist with the San Francisco Academy Orchestra, has performed with many orchestras including California, Monterey, Marin, Oakland East Bay, Santa Rosa, and Stockton Symphonies. Emily has performed at various festivals such as Aldeburgh, Banff, Kronos, National Repertory Orchestra, New Music on the Point, Lake Tahoe, and Spoleto USA.
Emily earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, with a minor in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University, a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and an Artist Diploma in Orchestral Studies as a member of the San Francisco Academy Orchestra. She has studied with renowned pedagogues Linda Cerone and David Updegraff, award winning soloist and chamber musician Ian Swensen, San Francisco Symphony members Catherine Van Hoesen, David Chernyavsky, and Melissa Kleinbart and baroque violinists, Julie Andrijeski and Elizabeth Blumenstock.
As a chamber musician, her work has taken her to a variety of venues including SFJAZZ, Herbst Theater, Freight And Salvage, Legion of Honor, and the DeYoung Museum. With a passion for early music, Emily was a founding member of the baroque ensemble MUSA and has performed with the San Francisco Bach Choir, the American Bach Soloists Academy, the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, Berkeley Fringe Baroque Festival and Early Music America’s Young Performers Festival.
In addition to her classical work, Emily has collaborated and performed with various popular and indie artists such as Kygo, Third Eye Blind, Journey, Geographer, Weezer, Zola Jesus, Diana Gameros, Magik*Magik Orchestra and has performed at iconic venues such as The Fillmore, The Greek Theater, The Fox Oakland, Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever and on festival stages such as the Hardly-Strictly Bluegrass Festival and the Stern Grove Festival. Emily frequently spends many hours in recording studios, appearing on a wide range of albums and on numerous feature film scores.
Emily is a dedicated educator. She has been a violin teacher at the Enriching Lives through Music program in San Rafael, a teaching fellow in Belize with the organization MusAid, a chamber music and sectional coach for the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and on chamber music faculty for the String Quartet Camp at the San Francisco Community Music Center. Emily is a registered Suzuki teacher and has a private teaching studio in San Francisco.