Violist Kim Kashkashian has established herself as one of the most accomplished artists of her generation. Inspiring world-wide critical acclaim, she has been hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as ”an artist who combines a probing, restless musical intellect with enormous beauty of tone.” The New York Times has joined in these accolades, praising her ”rich, mellow timbre and impressive artistry.”
In recent seasons, Kim Kashkashian has appeared as soloist with the major orchestras in New York, Berlin, Vienna, London, Milan, Munich and Tokyo including performances with Ricardo Chailly, Christoph Eschenbach and Riccardo Muti. She has performed recitals at the Metropolitan Museum and the 92nd Street ”Y” in New York City, in Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Cleveland and Los Angeles.
In her quest for new directions and forms, she has developed working relationships with such composers as Gubaidulina, Penderecki, Kancheli, Kurtág, Mansurian, Pärt ,Berio and Eotvos Current chamber music partnerships include duos with pianist Robert Levin and percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky.
Ms. Kashkashian has performed with the Tokyo, Guarneri, and Galimir Quartets and toured with a unique quartet which included violinists Gidon Kremer and Daniel Phillips and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Ms Kashkashian’s discography on the ECM label encompasses her wide range of interests,from the concertos of Bartok,,Kurtag,Eotvos,Kancheli,Berio,Penderecki,and Mansurian to the complete sonatas of Hindemith,Brahms Shostakowitch and Bach viola da gamba,as well as new works for viola and percussion,and transcriptions of ancient Armenian song.
Her extensive teaching activities have included professorships at the University of Indiana and in Freiburg and Berlin, Germany. In September 2000, she began teaching viola and chamber music at the New England Conservatory in Bosto
Highlights of the 2007 -2008 season include recitals in Rome, Paris ,Berlin, New York and Wash.DC Concerto appearances include Bartok with Cleveland Orchestra and at the Salzburg Festival , the world premier in Boston of the Mansurian concerto and the North American premier of the Olivero concerto.
Ms Kashkashian was trained at the Peabody Conservatory,where she studied with Waltrer Trampler and Karen Tuttle.