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Geoff Herd

Geoffrey Herd

Violinist Geoffrey Herd has given performances in the United States, Latin America and Asia, and is frequently sought after as a recitalist and chamber musician. Mr. Herd has performed at venues such as the Isabel Stewart Gardner Museum of Art in Boston and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Herd has collaborated with some of the finest musicians of our time including Ani Kavafian, Clive Greensmith, James Dunham and Laurie Smukler. Mr. Herd has also 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.

A strong proponent of new music, Mr. Herd was a founding member of the contemporary music ensemble Vicennium Void. The group was the dedicatee of many works and were Artists-in-Residence at the Thailand International Composition Festival in June 2014 and 2015. Mr. Herd returned to the festival in 2016 as a soloist with the Thailand Philharmonic performing John Corigiliano’s Red Violin Concerto. Additionally, Mr. Herd has given a number of premiers including the NY premier of Pierre Jalbert’s Wild Ambrosia, and world premieres of Daniel Knagg’s Ancient Ruins, and Chris Walczak’s Incorporeal Spaces.

Equally committed to expanding the reach of classical music, 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 internationally acclaimed artists in venues throughout the Finger Lakes and has quickly become one of the area’s leading arts organizations. The festival champions the cause of making classical music accessible to all through culturally diverse programming and donating educational concerts to local school districts.

Mr. Herd joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in August 2016 where he has built a thriving studio, attracting students from around the globe. His students frequently participate in some of the nation’s top music festivals including the Aspen, Brevard, Killington, Sarasota, and Wintergreen festivals, have gone on to graduate school at the Yale School of Music and the Cincinnati Conservatory and are frequent competition winners throughout the country.  Mr. Herd has also been on faculty at the Killington Music Festival, is co-director of the Knoxville Suzuki Academy and president elect of the Tennessee Chapter of the American String Teacher Association. Mr. 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 a Francesco Rugeri “ex-Ernst” Violin made in Cremona in 1673.

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