Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, violinist Kimia Ghaderi has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician. She is currently a Section First Violin member of the Akron Symphony, Erie Philharmonic and Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and performs as a substitute with several orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra. Additionally, she is a returning member of the annual Blossom Festival Orchestra, Lexington Bach Festival Orchestra and Camerata Colonial of Conciertos de la Villa de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Other recent orchestral engagements include serving as Guest Concertmaster of the Youngstown Symphony, the Suburban Symphony, and the 2016 Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, Ghaderi has collaborated with such renowned musicians as violinist Frank Huang, cellist Norman Fischer, pianist Brian Connelly, and the Chilingarian Quartet, and is a member of the Ghaderi-Focks duo with pianist Andrew Focks. In addition to guest artist appearances and recitals given around the world, she performs outreach concerts throughout Northeast Ohio for the ArtsConnect series of the Cleveland International Piano Competition. In the 2015 and 2016 seasons, she joined the contemporary chamber music ensemble Blue Streak for concerts in New York City and Cleveland.
A dedicated violin instructor, Ghaderi is a faculty member at Baldwin Wallace University Community Music School and has an active private studio in South Euclid, OH. She completed full pedagogical training in the Suzuki Method and has been on the faculty of numerous programs including the Interlochen Summer Arts Academy.
Ghaderi’s primary teachers have included William Preucil (Concertmaster, Cleveland Orchestra), Peter Otto (Associate Concertmaster, Cleveland Orchestra), Kathleen Winkler, Zoya Leybin, and Carole Mayedo. She has also studied privately and in master classes with Ivan Zenaty, Pierre Amoyal, Fredell Lack, Elmar Oliveira, and Yehonatan Berick, among others. She studied and performed at numerous international summer festivals, including the Mozarteum Summer Academy, Corsi Internazionali di Musica in Perugia, Beijing International Summer Academy, and Domaine Forget Chamber Music Festival. Ghaderi 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.