Erin Keefe has been appointed concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra. The 31-year-old American succeeds Jorja Fleezanis, who left the orchestra in 2009.

Keefe studied at the Juilliard School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music, and her teachers included Ronald Copes, Ida Kavafian, Arnold Steinhardt, Philip Setzer, Philipp Naegele, Brian Lewis and Teri Einfeldt.

She won a 2006 Avery Fisher Career Grant and has been a prizewinner at competitions in Italy, Poland, South Korea, Japan and the US. She released her debut solo CD in January 2010.