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Marissa Regni


Marissa Regni is Principal Second Violin of the National Symphony Orchestra, a position she assumed in September of 1996. Before coming to Washington, D.C., she was a member of the Saint Louis Symphony, where she served as Assistant Principal Second Violin. Regni is a member of the critically acclaimed Manchester String Quartet, and is a founding member of the Kennedy Center Chamber Players. With the Chamber Players, she performed concerts on a transatlantic crossing of the Queen Mary 2, and at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, during the NSO's Americas Tour in 2012.

Regni has made solo and chamber music appearances throughout the United States, Germany, and Mexico. She has collaborated with such artists as Christoph Eschenbach, Joseph Silverstein, Julius Baker, The Angeles Quartet, Arturo Delmoni, The Walden Chamber Players, and 20th Century Consort. Solo appearances with orchestra include the Saint Louis Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Chamber Orchestra, Livingston (New Jersey) Symphony, and the Ridgewood (New Jersey) Symphony. She has been a featured artist on NPR and The MacNeil/Lehrer Report.

In addition to her orchestral, chamber, and solo work, Regni has a strong passion for educational concerts. She developed a popular series of children’s programs, which she performs at the Kennedy Center, around greater Washington, D.C., and throughout the United States. She was the co-creator and host of the National Symphony Orchestra’s Young People’s Concerts from 2014 to 2018.

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Regni received her bachelor's and master's degrees and was awarded the school's prestigious Performer's Certificate in Violin. She also has a diploma from The Juilliard School of Music, where she was a student in the Pre-College Division.

Upcoming Events

  • NSO Music for Young Audiences: <em>Beauty and the Beat</em> NSO Music for Young Audiences: Beauty and the Beat

    See NSO principal second violinist Marissa Regni and NSO principal percussionist Eric Shin in an exciting new program exploring the magic created when the violin and percussion join together. Ages 3+

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