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 of Armenian parents, her studies were with Karen Tuttle and Felix Galimir.
Kashkashian has appeared as soloist with the major orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, Berlin, Milan, London, Tokyo and Vienna, working Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Christoph Eschenbach, Ricardo Chailly, Dennis Russell Davies and Franz Welser-Möst.
Recital appearances include the great concert halls of Vienna, Rome, Paris, Berlin, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and London and the Ravinia, Marlboro, Salzburg and Verbier Chamber Music Festivals.
Her work with Kurtág, Kancheli, Penderecki, Ueno, Olivero, Mansurian and Eötvös has extensively enriched the repertoire for viola.
Recordings include the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante and the award winning Brahms sonatas, complete Hindemith sonatas, the concertos of Bartók, Eötvös, Kurtág, Berio, Kancheli, Olivero and Mansurian, Asturiana, songs from Spain and Argentina and the Grammy winning Kurtag –Ligeti for solo viola on the ECM Records label.
Kim Kashkashian teaches viola and chamber music at New England Conservatory in Boston, and is a founding member of Music for Food, an initiative by musicians to fight hunger in their home communities. To learn more about MFF, visit musicforfoodboston.org.
She taught at the Accademia Chigiana in 2016.