At a young age violinist Monte Belknap won a number of important national prizes including top prize at the Starling International Violin Competition at the Aspen Music Festival in 1989. He went on to study with the world-renowned pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at the University of Cincinnati, College–Conservatory of Music, and served on the faculty for the Starling Preparatory String Project as a graduate assistant of Kurt Sassmannshaus. He has been a regular at the Beethoven Festival since 2004. Of his playing at the Festival, the Deseret News music critic stated, “his playing was infused with finely crafted lyricism that was mirrored by the others”. He also performs with rave reviews as concertmaster and soloist for the Orchestra of the Cathedral of the Madeline in Salt Lake City. In recent years Mr. Belknap has performed as a guest artist at the George Enescu International Violin Competition, the Barge Music Series in NYC, and served as concertmaster of the Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. Monte Belknap also presented a critically-acclaimed set of performances presenting the complete Beethoven Sonatas. Deseret News wrote of the sonata duo, they performed with “vibrancy and dynamic expressiveness”. Mr. Belknap also serves as the concertmaster and soloist with the LA East recording studio and has been the featured violin soloist on many sound tracks including “The Work and the Glory” movies, the “The Iceland Saints”, the online video games “Lord of the Rings” and “Dungeons and Dragons”. In recent years he has performed chamber music with international artists Jeffrey Solow, Scott Ballantyne, Steve Balderston, Mark Kosower, John Novacek, Denise Djokic, Menahim Pressler, Miriam Fried and many others.