Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Kimia Ghaderi has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician. She has participated in many international music festivals, including the Mozarteum Summer Academy (Austria), Corsi Internazionali di Musica in Perugia (Italy), Beijing International Summer Academy (China) and Domaine Forget Chamber Music Festival (Quebec).
As an orchestral musician, Ms. Ghaderi has played most recently with the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Akron Symphony, and Canton Symphony. Other recent orchestral engagements include serving as Guest Concertmaster with the Suburban Symphony and Youngstown Symphony. She was a first violin member of the Symphony of Southeast Texas for the 2012-13 season, and served as Concertmaster for the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestras, Brevard Sinfonia, and Brevard Music Center Orchestra (Assistant Concertmaster).
In addition to guest artist appearances and recitals given around the world, Ms. Ghaderi performs outreach concerts throughout Northeast Ohio as a performing artist with ArtsConnect of the Cleveland International Piano Competition. As a chamber musician, Ms. Ghaderi has collaborated with such renowned musicians as violinist Frank Huang, cellist Norman Fischer, pianists Brian Connelly, and the Chilingarian Quartet, and performs frequently with duo partner pianist Andrew Focks. She performed with contemporary music chamber ensemble Blue Streak in recent New York City concerts, and is a returning member of the annual Lexington Bach Festival Chamber Orchestra.
The recipient of numerous music and academic awards, Ms. Ghaderi has earned a Cleveland Institute of Music Scholarship, Brevard Summer Festival Dean’s Merit Award, Rice University Lovett Travel Grant, Leni Fe Bland Foundation Music Award, Mary and John Lovell Scholarship (Rice University), Hellen and Herbert Allen Scholarship (Rice University), Northern California Scholarship Foundation Award, and Elks National Foundation Award.
A dedicated violin instructor, Ms. Ghaderi is registered as a fully trained teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and is currently Adjunct Faculty with the Conservatory Outreach and Suzuki Programs of Baldwin Wallace University and faculty member of the Aurora School of Music, while maintaining a private studio in South Euclid, OH. Her past teachers include Kathleen Winkler, Zoya Leybin, and Carole Mayedo. She has also studied privately and in master classes with Peter Otto, Ivan Zenaty, Pierre Amoyal, Fredell Lack, Elmar Oliveira, Emanuel Borok, Yehonatan Berick, and Aaron Berofsky, among others. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Rice University, graduating magna cum laude, and earned her Master of Music degree in Violin Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the guidance of Cleveland Orchestra Concertmaster William Preucil.