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. Having most recently been appointed o the Grand Rapids Symphony, she also holds positions with 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 Ashland Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, Suburban Symphony, and the 2016 Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, Ghaderi has collaborated with renowned musicians such as violinist Frank Huang, cellist Norman Fischer, and the Chilingarian Quartet, and is a member of the Ghaderi-Focks duo with pianist Andrew Focks. She has been first violinist of the Cleveland-based Kalos String Quartet since the fall of 2017. In addition to guest artist appearances and recitals given around the world, she has performed over 50 outreach recitals throughout Northeast Ohio since 2014 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 earned complete pedagogical training in the Suzuki Method with Kimberly Meier-Sims and has served on the faculty of numerous music institutions including Baldwin Wallace University Community Music School and Interlochen Summer Arts Academy. She currently has an active private studio in South Euclid, OH.
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 supplemented her training 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.