Dorthy Kwon

Violin Teacher

Dorthy Kwon

SAA Member

Violinist Dorthy Kwon is a versatile orchestral and chamber musician, recording artist, and music teacher. She can be sighted in concert halls with New West, Santa Cecilia, Riverside, San Bernardino, Long Beach Symphonies, and more.

An avid chamber musician, Kwon was a former member of the Alma String Quartet, which won the Russell Award from Coleman Chamber Music Competition and gave concerts at notable venues including Royce Hall and Cerritos Performing Arts Center. Since then, she worked with many chamber ensembles that gained recognition from the Takács, Borromeo, Chilingirian, and Emerson String Quartets. Her recent performance with Amici Musicae was fully sponsored by Westlake Village Chamber Music Society in an event to honor Robert Schumann’s 200th birthday. Also celebrating contemporary composers, Kwon performs original works with a Los Angeles based composers’ collective called Synchromy.

Aside from classical performances, Kwon is often invited to Las Vegas to collaborate with high profile popular artists such as Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, and Andrea Bocelli. She also has shared the stage with Wayne Newton, John Lithgow, Mexican superstar Marco Antonio Solis, and more.

Inside a recording studio, she plays for television and soundtracks of recording artists. Her solo violin soundtrack was for Oktapodi, which won a host of awards including Best of Show and the Audience Prize at SIGGRAPH 2008, along with an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short at the Academy Awards in 2009. Across the street on other side of Hollywood, she had the opportunity to “act” as a violinist in a comedy film called The Wedding Ringer.

An accredited Suzuki teacher, Kwon is on the faculty at Pasadena Conservatory of Music. She also teaches violin, viola, and chamber music at the Sound of Music Academy. All of her students who competed in the 2012 Southwestern Youth Music Festival won awards, including first place. Kwon serves as the resident violin coach for Giocoso Youth Orchestra, a team of dedicated players she helped prepare for their recent showcase at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. In August 2012 and 2013, her private student performed a solo benefit concert where the U.S. Congressman 40th District of California, mayors of Chino and Chino Hills, San Bernardino County Supervisor and the Chairman of Chino Valley Unified School District specially attended to watch him play.

Kwon loves sharing her music with seniors who reside in convalescent hospitals. She holds concerts regularly, oftentimes with her students.

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