Kim Kashkashian

viola
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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, "Kurtág/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 and Arvo Pärt; she has also 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, Kashkashian has appeared with the great orchestras of Berlin, London, Vienna, Milan, New York and Cleveland. She has also given recitals at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Kaufmann Concert Hall in New York, in Boston's Jordan Hall, as well as in the halls of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Frankfurt, Berlin, Paris, Athens and Tokyo.

Her association with the prestigious ECM label since 1985 has resulted in a rich discography which includes the complete sonatas of Hindemith and Brahms, an album of Argentinian songs, the concertos of Schnittke, Bartók, Penderecki and Kurtág, as well as the Bach viola da gamba sonatas, recorded with Keith Jarrett.

Kim Kashkashian has taught in Bloomington, Indiana and in Freiburg and Berlin, Germany. She now resides with her daughter in Boston, where she teaches chamber music and viola at the New England Conservatory.

Kashkashian is a founding member of Music for Food, a musician-led initiative to play benefit concerts for local hunger relief. 
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