2018 Round Top Music Festival
Cleveland Institute of music
Belle Ra, currently a freshman at the Cleveland Institute of Music, began her cello studies at the age of 7. She has won multiple concerto competitions, including grand prize of the GDYO Philharmonic Concerto Competition, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Competition, Texas Christian University Cello Concerto Competition, and the Roger and Ella Jo Adam Concerto Competition. She most recently won first prize in the Collegiate and Professional Division of the Tennessee Cello Competition at the University of Tennessee. Belle has appeared as a soloist with the GDYO Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, TCU Orchestra, and the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra twice. Belle has also performed in masterclasses for Desmond Hoebig, Bion Tsang, Jesus Castro Balbi, and Mihai Tetel. Previously, Belle was an active member of the New Conservatory of Dallas Orchestra, and the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. She was also the Principal of her high school orchestra, where she helped lead her section to win a Grammy Award. Recently, Belle received the principal chair of the 2017 Symphony Orchestra at TMEA All State. She was also the Principal cellist of her Region Orchestra for the past two years. Belle is also a recipient of the Carlson Cello foundation.