Wendy Putnam, Director and Founder of the Concord Chamber Music Society has been a violinist in the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1996. She has collaborated and concertized with many of the world’s most renowned musicians, including her BSO colleagues. Distinguished artists have not only recognized Ms. Putnam’s ability as a highly accomplished violinist, but also commended her devotion to the arts and humanities.
Ms. Putnam was born in Wisconsin and began her study of the violin there at the age of three. She made her first appearance in the concert hall at the age of nine when she was invited to perform as soloist with the Green Bay Symphony. By age sixteen she enrolled at Louisiana State University under the guidance of Professor Sally O’Reilly, where she completed both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees.
In 1991, while completing her Master of Music degree with Josef Gingold at Indiana University, Ms. Putnam was appointed Concertmaster of the New Orleans Symphony, now the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Her performance of the Tchaikovsky violin concerto with the LPO, under Maxim Shostokovich, was named “Best Classical Performance of the Year” in 1995 by the New Orleans Times Picayune.
In addition to having earned fellowships to many of the world’s most prestigious music festivals, Ms. Putnam has been the recipient of awards from numerous organizations, including the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Henry B. Cabot Foundation at Tanglewood.
Ms. Putnam founded the Concord Chamber Music Society in January, 2000.