Kimia Ghaderi

Violin Teacher, Student

Kimia Ghaderi

SAA Member


South Euclid, OH
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Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Kimia Ghaderi has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician. She has participated in many international music festivals, including the Mozarteum Summer Academy (Austria), Corsi Internazionali di Musica in Perugia (Italy), Beijing International Summer Academy (China) and Domaine Forget Chamber Music Festival (Quebec).

Ms. Ghaderi is currently a section first violin member of the Akron Symphony, Erie Philharmonic and Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and also performs as a substitute with the Cleveland Orchestra, Canton Symphony, and BlueWater Chamber Orchestra. Other recent orchestral engagements include serving as Guest Concertmaster of the Youngstown Symphony and the Suburban Symphony and Concertmaster/Principal Second of the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra. She has been a returning first violin member of the annual Lexington Bach Festival Orchestra for the past two seasons, and performed in the 2016 Conciertos de la Villa de Santo Domingo as a member of the Orchestra Camerata Colonial in the Dominican Republic.

In addition to guest artist appearances and recitals given around the world, Ms. Ghaderi performs outreach concerts throughout Northeast Ohio as a performing artist with ArtsConnect of the Cleveland International Piano Competition.  As a chamber musician, Ms. Ghaderi has collaborated with such renowned musicians as violinist Frank Huang, cellist Norman Fischer, pianists Brian Connelly, and the Chilingarian Quartet, and nd is a member of the Ghaderi-Focks duo with pianist Andrew Focks. She has performed with the contemporary music chamber ensemble Blue Streak for concerts in New York City and Cleveland.

Ms. Ghaderi has over ten years of experience teaching students of all ages in private, group, chamber, and orchestral settings. She completed her Suzuki training with Kimberly Meier-Sims at the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies, and has taught in many programs, including the Interlochen Summer Arts Program, Rainey Institute El Sistema Program, Sato Suzuki Center, Houston Public Schools, and Cleveland School of the Arts. She is currently Violin Faculty at Baldwin Wallace University’s Community Music School and Suzuki Program, and maintains a private studio in South Euclid, OH.

Ms. Ghaderi’s primary teachers have included William Preucil (Concertmaster, Cleveland Orchestra), Peter Otto (Associate Concertmaster, Cleveland Orchestra), Kathleen Winkler, Zoya Leybin, Carole Mayedo, and Lesa Zuehlke.  She has also studied privately and in master classes with Ivan Zenaty, Pierre Amoyal, Fredell Lack, Elmar Oliveira, Emanuel Borok, Yehonatan Berick, and Aaron Berofsky, among others. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Rice University, graduating magna cum laude, and earned her Master of Music degree in Violin Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music.