Geoffrey Herd

Violinist Geoffrey Herd leads a varied and impactful career as a soloist and chamber musician, innovative artistic director and dedicated pedagogue.

Violinist Geoffrey Herd leads a varied and impactful career as a soloist and chamber musician, innovative artistic director and dedicated pedagogue. He has performed throughout the United States, Latin America, and Asia at venues such as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of Art in Boston and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as well as at universities and conservatories globally. An avid chamber musician, Dr. Herd has collaborated with leading musicians including Ettore Causa, Jinjoo Cho, James Dunham, Clive Greensmith, Ani Kavafian, and Laurie Smukler. Dr. Herd has performed concertos with numerous orchestras including the Rochester Philharmonic, the Thailand Philharmonic, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Ithaca College Symphony, the Amherst Symphony, the Finger Lakes Symphony, the University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra, and the Longmont Symphony.

Dr. Herd is the founder and director of the Geneva Music Festival, currently celebrating its 12th annual season. The festival is recognized as a leader in innovative programming and promotion of diversity and inclusivity in the arts.

As a pedagogue, Dr. Herd is on faculty at the University of Louisville School of Music where he has built a thriving studio, attracting students from around the globe. Dr. Herd has also been on faculty at the Killington and Sewanee Music Festivals, and a guest artist at Encore Chamber Music and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival. He is co-director of the Knoxville Suzuki Academy and President of the Tennessee Chapter of the American String Teacher Association. Dr. Herd studied at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, the Yale School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music with Ani Kavafian, Paul Kantor, William Preucil and David Updegraff. He plays on the “Berkic-Pennington” Carlo Bergonzi violin made in Cremona in 1734.

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