Geoff Herd

Geoffrey Herd

Violinist Geoffrey Herd has given performances in the United States, Latin America and Asia, and is frequently sought after as recitalist and chamber musician. Recently, Mr. Herd as performed recitals at venues such as the Isabel Stewart Gardner Museum of Art in Boston and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Mr. Herd has also performed concerts with numerous orchestras including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ithaca College Symphony, the Finger Lakes Symphony and will perform with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra in May 2016.

Mr. Herd is a founding member of the contemporary music ensemble Vicennium Void. Since its inception in 2013, the group has been the dedicatee of many works and were Artists-in-Residence at the Thailand International Composition Festival in June 2014 and July 2015. The group is currently in the process of recording works for composers Narong Prangcharoen and Carter Pann.

Equally committed to bringing classical music to new audiences, Mr. Herd is the founder and director of the Geneva Music Festival in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Each summer, the Festival presents chamber music performances across the Finger Lakes Region, as well as donating educational concerts to local school districts.

Mr. Herd currently is working towards a Doctoral degree of Musical Arts at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where he is the Benjamin Armistead Shepherd Teaching Fellow and a student of Paul Kantor. He has an Artist Diploma from Yale University, where he was the recipient of the Broadus Erle Prize for excellence in violin and studied with Ani Kavafian. He earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Devoted to educating the next generation of classical musicians, Mr. Herd has been teaching artist at Yale University and was teaching assistant to David Updegraff at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is a registered Suzuki Teacher, and maintains a studio of young musicians at the Shepherd School of Music Preparatory Program.

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