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Kim Kashkashian Is Nominated For Grammy
12:14, 7 December, 2012
YEREVAN, DECEMBER 7, ARMENPRESS. Renowned violist, American-Armenian musician Kim Kashkashian has been nominated for prominent Grammy Music Awards in the category of Best Classical Instrumental Solo. As reports "Armenpress" citing the official site of Grammy Music Awards, among the nominees there are such outstanding performers as Andras Schiff, Jory Vinikour, Claudio Cruz, and Hansjorg Albrecht.
Kim Kashkashian studied the viola with Karen Tuttle. She also studied at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. She won the 2nd prize at the 1980 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and the 1980 ARD International Music Competition in Munich. She has been featured on over 30 albums and performs pieces from both classical and contemporary composers, working among others with Gidon Kremer and Yo Yo Ma, the Vienna Philharmonic and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. She is a winner of a number of international contests. Kim Kashkashian currently teaches at the New England Conservatory in the United States of America.
The 55th annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 10, 2013.
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Georgia Straight, Canada
Dec 16 2004
Classical Spin: Tigran Mansurian/Kim Kashkashian
By alexander varty
Monodia (ECM New Series)
According to Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian, interviewed in his new CD's liner notes, the essence of his country's music "reveals itself in an extreme frugality of expressive means. Whether intonation, rhythm or the shaping of tone colours--everything is employed very sparingly." Traditional Armenian melodies, he adds, "shift as slowly and laboriously as the search for fertile soil among the jagged Armenian rocks".
We're lucky, then, that Mansurian is a modern Armenian, open to global influences and not bound by his culture's often tragic past. He's happy to take advantage of a variety of expressive means--Monodia's two CDs feature a violin concerto, a viola concerto, a duet for viola and soprano saxophone, and a piece for viola and four voices--and although some of his charts can be both jagged and rocky, they also move with the quicksilver speed of the information age.
Typical of that is ...and then I was in time again, scored for Armenian-American violist Kim Kashkashian and the Münchener Kammerorchester. It's true that the overall pace of the work is more slow than not, and that its melodies have something of the keening quality typical of Armenian liturgical music. But emotionally, it can spin the listener from great heights of exaltation to bottomless despair in the course of a few short seconds. Though championed by Pierre Boulez, Mansurian does not share his Parisian mentor's technocratic bent; instead, he's concerned with finding sophisticated ways to project primal feelings of loss, sorrow, terror, and, occasionally, ecstatic peace.
That's especially obvious on Lachrymae, a haunting duo for Kashkashian and saxophonist Jan Garbarek. Here the resources really are few and the melodic material plain, but Mansurian frames them up as a kind of dialogue between hope and foreboding. Again, the music manages to be both harsh and eloquent; those stony fields lie deep in Mansurian's soul, but so too does a great deal of urbane intelligence.
Kim Kashkashian Wins Grammy Award For Best Classical Instrumental Solo
LOS ANGELES-Armenian American violist Kim Kashkashian won a Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo on Feb. 10.
The award for Kashkashian's recording "Kurtag & Ligeti: Music for Viola" was announced at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in LA.
Kashkashian has established herself as one of the most accomplished artists of her generation. Inspiring world-wide critical acclaim, she has been hailed by The San Francisco Chronicle as "an artist who combines a probing, restless musical intellect with enormous beauty of tone." The New York Times has joined in these accolades, praising her "rich, mellow timbre and impressive artistry."
Kashkashian has made guest appearances with the Tokyo, Guarneri, and Galimir Quartets and toured with a unique quartet which included violinists Gidon Kremer and Daniel Phillips and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Her June 2000 recording of concertos by Bartok, Eotvos and Kurtag won the 2001 Cannes Classical Award for a premiere recording by soloist with orchestra. In January 2002, ECM New Series released Voci, her recording of two large works by Luciano Berio. The album comprises the title work for viola and orchestra as well as Naturale, a related work for viola and percussion (Robyn Schulkowsky), and archival field recordings of Sicilian folk music. Hayren and Monodia, released in 2003 and 2004, respectively, focus on Kashkashian's work with the Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian.
Kashkashian's extensive teaching activities have included professorships at the University of Indiana in Bloomington and at Conservatories in Freiburg and Berlin, Germany. In September 2000, she began teaching viola and chamber music at the New England Conservatory in Boston.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, of Armenian descent, Kashkashian graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she studied with Walter Trampler and Karen Tuttle.