Winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for the best classic instrumental solo album, Kim Kashkashian is internationally recognized as a unique voice of the viola. Born to Armenian parents, she studied with Karen Tuttle and Felix Galimir. She has appeared as a soloist with the major orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, Berlin, Milan, London, Tokyo and Vienna, working with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Christoph Eschenbach, Riccardo Chailly, Dennis Russel Davies and Franz Welser-Möst. Her appearances in recitals include the large concert halls of Vienna, Rome, Paris, Berlin, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Cleveland, Philadelphia and London and the chamber music festivals of Ravinia, Marlboro, Salzburg and Verbier. Her work with Kurtág, Kancheli, Penderecki, Ueno, Olivero, Mansurian and Eötvös has extensively enriched the repertoire for viola. Her recordings include Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante and the award-winning sonatas of Brahms, all the sonatas of Hindemith, the concerts of Bartók, Berio, Kancheli, Olivero and Mansurian, Asturiana, songs from Spain and Argentina and the Kurtág – Ligeti for viola solo – winner of the Grammy with the ECM Records label.
Kim Kashkashian teaches viola and chamber music at the New England Conservatory in Boston and is a founding member of Music for Food, an initiative by musicians to fight hunger in their communities of residence. For more news on MFF, visit musicforfoodboston.org.
She taught at the Accademia Chigiana in 2016.