Winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo Album, Kim Kashkashian is recognized internationally as a unique voice on the viola. Born in Michigan of Armenian parents, Kashkashian studied with Karen Tuttle and the legendary Walter Trampler at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. Her Grammy awarded recording "Kurtag/Ligeti Music for Viola", was released on the renowned ECM New Series label in September 2012.
Kashkashian has worked tirelessly to broaden the range of technique, advocacy, and repertoire for the viola. A staunch proponent of contemporary music, she has developed creative relationships with György Kurtág, Krzysztof Penderecki, Alfred Schnittke, Giya Kancheli, Arvo Pärt and commissioned works from Peter Eötvös, Ken Ueno, Thomas Larcher, Lera Auerbach and Tigran Mansurian.
The Marlboro Festival and the Viennese school represented by her mentor, Felix Galimir, were major influences in developing her love of chamber music. Kim Kashkashian is a regular participant at the Verbier, Salzburg, Lockenhaus, Marlboro and Ravinia festivals.
She has long standing duo partnerships with pianist Robert Levin and percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky, and played in a unique string quartet with Gidon Kremer, Daniel Phillips and Yo-Yo Ma.
As a soloist, she has appeared with the great orchestras of Berlin, London, Vienna, Milan, New York and Cleveland, and in recital at the Metropolitan Museum of NY, Kaufman Concert Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, as well as in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Frankfurt, Berlin, Paris, Athens and Tokyo.
Her association with the prestigious ECM label since 1985 results in a rich discography, including the complete sonatas of Hindemith, Brahms, an album of Argentinian song, the concertos of Schnittke, Bartok, Penderecki, Kurtag and Bach viola da gamba sonatas with Keith Jarrett.
Kim Kashkashian has taught in Bloomington, Indiana and in Freiburg and Berlin, Germany, and now resides with her daughter in Boston where she teaches chamber music and viola at the New England Conservatory.
Kim is a founding member of Music for Food, an initiative by musicians to fight hunger in their home communities. To learn more, visit musicforfoodboston.org
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