Kim Kashkashian – Viola

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Hailed as “an artist who combines a probing, restless intellect with enormous beauty of tone,” Ms. Kashkashians’ work as performing and recording artist and pedagogue has been recognized worldwide.

She won the coveted Grammy Award for her recording of Ligeti and Kurtag solo viola works in 2013, received the George Peabody Medal and Switzerland’s Golden Bow Award for her contributions to music. In 2016, she was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

As soloist Kashkashian has appeared with the orchestras of Berlin, London, Vienna, Milan, New York and Cleveland in collaboration with Eschenbach, Mehta, Welser-Moest, Kocsis, Dennis Russel Davies, Blomstedt, and Holliger.

Recital appearances include the great halls of Vienna, Rome, Paris, Berlin, Munich, Tokyo, Athens, London, New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Philadelphia where she appears with the Trio Tre Voce, and in duo partnerships with pianist Robert Levin and percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky.

Ms. Kashkashian has forged creative relationships with composers Kurtág, Penderecki, Schnittke, Kancheli, and Pärt and commissioned compositions from Eötvös, Ueno, Olivero, Larcher, Auerbach, Mansurian, and Hosokawa.

Ms. Kashkashian’s long association with ECM Records has yielded a discography that has garnered an abundance of praise and international awards—including a Grammy in 2013 for her solo recording of works by Ligeti and Kurtág, a Cannes Classical Award in 2001 for the viola concertos of Kurtág, Bartók, and Eötvös, and an Edison Prize in 1999 for her recording with pianist Robert Levin of the Brahms viola sonatas. Ms. Kashkashian’s recording of the unaccompanied suites of J.S. Bach was released in October 2019 and garnered the Opus Klassik prize.

Ms. Kashkashian coaches chamber music and viola at New England Conservatory of Music.

Ms. Kashkashian is founder and artistic director of Music for Food, a musician-led hunger relief initiative. To learn more,visit www.musicforfood.net.