Kim Kashkashian

Kim Kashkashian, viola (Boston, MA) has been recognized worldwide as a performing and recording artist and pedagogue.

She won the coveted Grammy Award for her recording of Ligeti and Kurtag solo viola works,  received the George Peabody Medal and Switzerland’s Golden Bow Award for her contributions to music. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

As a soloist, Kim has appeared with the orchestras of Berlin, London, Vienna, Milan, New York and Cleveland in collaboration with Eschenbach, Mehta, Welser-Moest, Kocsis, Dennis Russel Davies, Blomstedt, and Holliger.

Recital appearances include the great halls of Vienna, Rome, Paris, Berlin, Munich, Tokyo, Athens, London, New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Philadelphia where she appears with the Trio Tre Voce, and in duo partnerships with pianist Robert Levin and percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky.

Kim has forged creative relationships with composers Kurtág, Penderecki, Schnittke, Kancheli, and Pärt and commissioned compositions from Eötvös, Ueno, Olivero, Larcher, Auerbach, Mansurian, and Hosokawa.

Kim’s long association with ECM Records has yielded a discography that has garnered an abundance of praise and international awards—including a Opus Klassik prize for her interpretation of the Bach suites, a Grammy for her solo recording of works by Ligeti and Kurtág, a Cannes Classical Award for the viola concertos of Kurtág, Bartók, and Eötvös, and an Edison Prize for her recording with pianist Robert Levin of the Brahms viola sonatas. 

Kim is founder and artistic director of Music for Food, a musician-led hunger relief initiative. Previous Yellow Barn guest faculty (since 2002)