Violinist Inés Voglar Belgique was born to a Slovenian family in Venezuela, where she studied music under the program "El Sistema” and violin with Roberto Valdes. She came to the United States in 1996 to complete her undergraduate and graduate studies from Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University with then-Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Andrés Cárdenes. Before joining the Oregon Symphony in 2004, she played two seasons with the Pittsburgh Symphony as an extra musician, including national and European tours. Other orchestral distinctions include having been Guest Concertmaster of the Galicia Symphony Orchestra in December 2007 and being a frequent Concertmaster of the Astoria Music Festival Orchestra. In September of 2012, Inés won the position of Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Oregon Symphony in a national audition. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Voglar Belgique has been a violinist in FearNoMusic for thirteen years and served as artistic Director from 2005-11, reaching out to collaborate with internationally acclaimed composers and presenting the music of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. This year performing for the second time at the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival. In addition to private studio teaching, she is a faculty member at the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Camp, the Oregon State University Chamber Music Workshop and Portland Summer Ensembles. Since the fall of 2015, Ms. Voglar Belgique has been adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark College, and the conductor of Portland Youth Philharmonic’s Young String Ensemble. In June of 2017, she acted as guest faculty for MusAid in El Salvador and will return this year. In addition, Ms. Voglar Belgique has joined the resource council for BRAVO Youth Orchestras, the first El Sistema affiliated program in Oregon.