Libby Weitnauer is a fiddle player, violinist, and educator currently based in Brooklyn, NY.
Libby began her journey on the violin at the age of 4 in the musical community of East Tennessee. During her time there, she soloed with several local orchestras including the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Maryville College Community Orchestra, Oak Ridge Youth Symphony, and Knoxville Youth Symphony Orchestra and had her performance dubbed “ethereal” by the Knoxville News Sentinel. After high school, Libby moved to Chicago to study with pedagogue Olga Kaler and complete her Bachelor’s degree in violin performance at DePaul University.
She grew homesick for the sounds of the Smoky Mountains and began exploring various fiddling traditions while composing and performing with new acoustic trio Ask Your Folks. It was through this process that Libby eventually found her way to the Appalachian old-time fiddle music that she now calls home. Since that stylistic shift, Libby has learned from many friends and teachers including Matt Brown, Rayna Gellert, and most recently, Grammy Award winner Dom Flemons during a summer of research and music making at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
Libby recently completed her Masters of Music at NYU, where she served on adjunct faculty while studying with Gregory Fulkerson. She is a member of the oldtime stringband, Ginny’s Kitchen and just released a record, Pretty Little Mister, with banjo-fiddler Jake Blount as the emerging duo Tui. In addition to these projects, Libby can be found subbing in the orchestra of Oklahoma! on Broadway, collaborating with other musicians around New York City, and sharing her love of the music of Appalachia through education and performance. She has presented at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, and the University of Tennessee.
Libby is still discovering her identity as a musician, but she finds inspiration exploring the depths and boundaries of the traditional music of Appalachia.