Jeremy Kittel

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Jeremy Kittel
Birth name Jeremy David Kittel
Born (1984-04-26) April 26, 1984 (age 34)
Origin Michigan, United States
Genres Celtic, bluegrass, jazz, folk
Occupation(s) Violinist, fiddler
Instruments Violin, viola
Years active 2000-present
Associated acts Turtle Island Quartet

Jeremy Kittel (Jeremy David Kittel, born 26 April 1984) is a contemporary American musician and composer.[1][2] His primary instruments are the violin and viola and his styles include Celtic, bluegrass, jazz, and folk music.

He leads his namesake group, the Jeremy Kittel Band.[3] He has worked with many prominent musicians, including Mark O'Connor, Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Paquito D’Rivera, the Assad Brothers, Stefon Harris, My Morning Jacket, and Darol Anger.


Kittel grew up in Saline and Ann Arbor, MI. He attended the University of Michigan for his undergraduate degree and earned his master's degree in jazz violin from the Manhattan School of Music in 2007.[1]

Jeremy Kittel has performed as a classical soloist with the Detroit Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestras, and the Rochester Philharmonic.[1] He was a guest twice on A Prairie Home Companion and played the Kennedy Center, Bonnaroo, and Telluride Bluegrass Festival. He recorded parts of the soundtracks for independent films ‘’An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and Harvest Moon, as well as the video score for ‘‘Infamous 2.’’

He has won numerous awards throughout his career, some of the more notable being the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin, the Stanley Medal and Emerging Artist Award at the University of Michigan,[4][5] the Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Folk Artist, Outstanding Jazz Recording and Outstanding Jazz composer,[6] and twice the American String Teacher Association’s Alternative Strings Award. He is a U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion and a two-time Junior National Scottish Fiddle Champion.[7]


Solo Recordings[edit]

Year Album
2010 Chasing Sparks
2005 Jazz Violin
2003 Roaming
2000 Celtic Fiddle

Turtle Island String Quartet[edit]

Year Album
2013 Mike Marshall and the Turtle Island Quartet Viola
2010 Have You Ever Been Arrangements, violin, viola


Year Title
2016 Sing Me Home (Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble) Arranger, "Going Home" feat. Abigail Washburn
2013 Desire Lines (Camera Obscura) Arrangements, violin, viola
2013 Fossils (Aoife O'Donovan) String arrangements, violin, viola
2013 Inland (Jars of Clay) String arrangements, violin, viola
2011 Circuital (My Morning Jacket) String arrangements, violin, viola
2011 Send It Down (Kai Welch) String arrangements, violin, viola
2010 City of Refuge (Abigail Washburn) String arrangements, violin, viola

Guest Artist[edit]

Year Title
2016 Red & White & Blue & Gold (Aoife O'Donovan) Fiddle
2016 The Raven's Rock (Cillian Vallely) Fiddle
2014 Notify (Padraig Rynne) Violin, viola
2013 Dot the Dragon's Eyes (Hanneke Cassel) Fiddle, viola
2013 Go Down Singing (single, Michelle Chamuel) Violin, viola
2012 Half-Made Man (Ben Sollee) Violin, viola, fiddle
2010 Istiqbal Gathering (John Jorgensen and Orchestra Nashville) As a member of the Turtle Island String Quartet
2008 This Here (Seth Bernard) Violin, fiddle
2007 No Regrets (John Nam) Violin
2006 Fiddle Camp (Mark O'Connor and Guests) Violin, fiddle
2006 Gypsy Djazz (The Detroit Swingtet) Violin
2005 Cinnamon Matinee (Ben Cyllus) Violin
2005 Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum (Tally Hall) Violin
2004 Songs of Innocence and Experience (William Bolcom) Violin

Music for Video Games[edit]

Year Album
2013 Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm Violin, viola
2012 Epic Mickey 2 Violin, viola
2011 Kinect: Disneyland Adventures Violin, viola
2011 Infamous 2 Violin, viola


  1. ^ a b c Templeton, David (2012). "The Future is Wide Open". Strings (203): 42–46. 
  2. ^ Templeton, David (2005). "Jeremy Kittel Takes a Jazzy Turn". Strings (203): 82. Archived from the original on 2011-12-14. 
  3. ^ Cahill TISQ Honored with a Grammy Strings, 2006
  4. ^ ‘‘Alumni Society Emerging Artists 2010’’ 2010
  5. ^ ‘‘Alumni as Mentors’’ 2010
  6. ^ "DMA Winners". Retrieved 2012-02-25. 
  7. ^ Anick. ‘‘Jeremy Kittel: A Scottish Fiddles Champion Jazzes It Up.’’ ‘‘Fiddler,’’ 2008.