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. They have performed and recorded numerous works by American composer Joseph Summer, which can be heard on Parma and Albany Records.

As a solo artist, Shawn makes regular appearances at the Geneva Music Festival and the Bard Music Festival, music festivals in China and other engagements throughout the world. Shawn is also a capable violist.

Comfortable with a diverse variety of musical styles, from classical to electronic, Shawn has also collaborated with artists such as Paul Miller (AKA DJ Spooky) and well-known folk singer Natalie Merchant, among others He can be heard alongside his two younger brothers on Merchant’s most recent release, “Paradise Now”.

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. 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. He currently resides in Beijing and is artist in residence at the Peking University Affiliated High School. Shawn continues to represent Bard College in Asia for admissions and is the Director of Bard College’s first international Early College, located in Shenzhen at the Houde Academy.

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.


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