Grace Kawamura, Violin, is a recent graduate of the masters program of the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Prior to her studies with Andrew Jennings in the University of Michigan, she did her undergraduate studies under the tutelage of Helen Kim at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Grace has also received training from various musicians, including Jessica Wu (Vega Sting Quartet), William Pu (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra), and David Perry (Aspen Trio). During summer of 2011, she attended Killington Music Festival in Vermont where she received training from Daniel Andai (Miami Symphony Orchestra), Karin Brown (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra), David Rubinstein (Boston Philharmonic) and Christof Huebner (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra). Grace has also attended the International Music Festival of the Adriatic during the summer of 2014, where she performed chamber music concerts alongside the Harrington String Quartet in the cities of Trieste and Duino, Italy.
As a soloist, Grace has performed for organizations in the Metro-Atlanta area such as the Atlanta Steinway Society, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Encore Atlanta, Women’s Commerce Club, and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, and also appeared with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Kennesaw State University’s Philharmonic Orchestra, and was a finalist in the university’s concerto competition for two consecutive years.
An avid chamber musician, Grace has been coached by ensembles such as eighth blackbird, Pacifica String Quartet, Ying Quartet, and Vega String Quartet. Also a strong advocate for new music, she has also premiered and performed many works of composers from the University of Michigan, Kennesaw State University, and other institutions. She has also held teaching positions for Interlochen Center for the Arts, Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra’s chamber program, and various high school programs, and is currently an instructor at Expressions Music Academy in Novi, MI.
Aside from music, Grace is heavily involved with social activism, and aims to do her part in social change by using music as a way to bring awareness of social issues to the community. She is the co-founder of Iris Women’s Chamber Ensemble, a feminist all-women chamber ensemble based in Ann Arbor, MI, who are advocates for cultural diversity, fighters for social justice, protectors of Mother Earth, and supporters of the LGBTQ community, whose purpose is to empower and celebrate women and the feminine principle through music.
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