Winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo Album, Kim Kashkashian is recognized internationally as a unique voice on the viola. Born in Michigan of Armenian parents, Kashkashian studied with Karen Tuttle and the legendary Walter Trampler at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. Her Grammy awarded recording "Kurtag/Ligeti Music for Viola", was released on the renowned ECM New Series label in September 2012.
“In the hands of the master violist, this famous stretch of Bach’s music become body music, rooted in breath and wood and muscle.”
— Jayson Greene,
“Kim Kashkashian is easily one of the finest violists to ever place her bow on the instrument. She shines just as effervescently in the company of an orchestra as she does solo or here alongside Robert Levin, a trusty accompanist with whom she shares a palpable musical bond, and puts the range of her talents on full display in this fine chamber program of mostly rarities.”
— Tyran Grillo,
“Although Kim Kashkashian is a world-famous violist, the first word that comes to my mind when I hear her name is not "viola," but "lyricism" — that quality of music to be songlike, and to flow easily with emotion. Kashkashian's ability to make her instrument sing is the wellspring of her new CD, Asturiana.”
— Tom Manoff,
Programmes and projects
Kim Kashkashian collaborates with percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky to present programs featuring commissions and works from their recordings on ECM.
Grammy-award winning violist Kim Kashkashian, flautist Marina Piccinini, and harpist Sivan Magen met at the Marlboro Music Festival in the summer of 2010. Three artists who have each been celebrated for bringing a unique perspective to their instruments, they discovered an unusually powerful common voice.