Shawn Moore

Shawn Moore

The Berkshire Review describes American violinist Shawn Moore as possessing “a very appealing directness in his approach. Apart from his impressive technical ability, there is not a trace of affectation in his playing…he tackles showy passages with an understated confidence, as if they are just music.”

A keen chamber musician, Shawn is a founding member of the Kalmia String Quartet. Kalmia was awarded a residency at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School, and has performed at such venues as Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, and the Sosnoff Theatre at the Richard B. Fischer Center for the Performing Arts. In the spring of 2015 he was the concertmaster of the chamber orchestra for the premiere and recording of Summer’s new opera, “The Tempest”.

As a solo artist, Mr. Moore makes regular appearances at the Geneva Music Festival and the Bard Music Festival, and other engagements throughout the world. Also a capable violist, he performed in 2014 in Jeju Isle Music Festival in South Korea at the invitation of conductor Nanse Geum, during which he performed on both violin and viola.

He has participated in numerous educational initiatives and festivals around the world. Most recently he was a member of the faculty of the Far East festival, held in Ningbo in 2013. In January 2013, he performed in Costa Rica and worked with students from SiNEM, the Costa Rican music initiative modeled on El Sistema. He was a guest artist at the International Music Festival of Colon, Venezuela in 2012, where he performed, taught and worked with students of El Sistema. He has also collaborated with artists such as Paul Miller (AKA DJ Spooky) and well known folk singer Natalie Merchant.

A graduate of the Bard College Conservatory, he also received a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies with a focus on China. He speaks fluent Mandarin and Korean and was a guest lecturer for the Bard Music Festival’s 2012 China tour. Shawn was a 2013 – 2014 Yale Light Fellow, and he lived in Korea for a year studying its language and culture, concurrently traveling throughout Asia as a representative for Bard College. Shawn’s precollege mentor was Cyrus Forough. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Music from Bard College, where he studied with Ida Kavafian, and a Master of Music from Yale, where he studied with Ani Kavafian. This is will be his 4th summer at the Geneva Music Festival.

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