Kim Kashkashian

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Kim Kashkashian
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Kashkashian during a rehearsal in Marlboro, Vermont 2008
Background information
Born (1952-08-31) 31 August 1952 (age 66)
Detroit, Michigan United States
Genres Classical music
Occupation(s) Musician, Composer, Educator
Instruments Viola
Associated acts Gidon Kremer, Yo-Yo Ma, Vienna Philharmonic, Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Kim Kashkashian (Armenian: Քիմ Քաշքաշյան), born August 31, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan, is a Grammy-award winning Armenian-American violist.

Professional career[edit]

Kim Kashkashian was born to Armenian parents in Michigan.[1] She studied the viola with Karen Tuttle and attended high school at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Kashkashian won the 2nd prize at the 1980 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and the 1980 ARD International Music Competition in Munich.[2] She has been featured on over 30 albums and performs pieces from both classical and contemporary composers, working among others with Gidon Kremer and Yo Yo Ma, the Vienna Philharmonic and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. She also played the viola in the soundtrack of the film Ulysses' Gaze, together with Eleni Karaindrou. Her albums have won many awards, notably the 1999 Edison Prize and the Cannes Prize for Chamber Music in 2000.

Kashkashian commissioned new works for the viola, from composers such as Tigran Mansurian, Peter Eötvös, and Betty Olivero.[3]

Kashkashian won a 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for the 2012 album Kurtág / Ligeti: Music for Viola.[4]

Kashkashian currently teaches at the New England Conservatory.[5] She previously taught in Freiburg and Berlin. Among her students are Julia Rebekka Adler, Sheila Browne, Lim Soon Lee and Diemut Poppen. She is the founder and artistic director of Music for Food, a musician-led initiative for local hunger relief.

Personal life[edit]

In an interview with Hollywood.com, Kashkashian claimed that she is constantly confused with reality television personality Kim Kardashian due to their similarly spelled surnames. She commented "People actually realize that I’m not that person, but they look at my credit card at a store and say, 'Oh, you’re not Kim Kardashian, are you?' It’s been happening for years."[6][7]

Discography[edit]

A partial list of her recordings includes:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kashkashian, NEC
  2. ^ Eisler, Edith (August–September 2000). "Kim Kashkashian – Making Choices". Strings (88). Archived from the original on 2010-11-28. Retrieved 2010-12-04. 
  3. ^ Siegel, Robert. "Kim Kashkashian's Vocal Viola," NPR, https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112489429.
  4. ^ Staff, Weekly (11 February 2013). "Kim Kashkashian Wins Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo". The Armenian Weekly. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  5. ^ Kim Kashkashian at AllMusic
  6. ^ DiMattina, Lindsey (12 February 2013). "Grammy Winner Kim Kashkashian: I Get Confused with Kim Kardashian 'All The Time'". Hollywood.com. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  7. ^ Holubiak, Ian (1 March 2016). "When Violist Kim Kashkashian Won a Grammy, Kim Kardashian Stole the Spotlight". Classicalite. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 

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