Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, violinist Kimia Ghaderi has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician. Having most recently been appointed to the Grand Rapids Symphony, she is also Non-Rotating Second Violin with the Akron Symphony and performs as a substitute with several orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Pops Orchestra. Through consecutive re-invitations, she is a returning member of the Blossom Festival Orchestra, Lexington Bach Festival Orchestra and Camerata Colonial of Conciertos de la Villa de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Other recent orchestral engagements include serving as Guest Concertmaster of the Ashland Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, Suburban Symphony, and the 2016 Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, Ghaderi has collaborated with renowned musicians such as violinist Frank Huang, cellist Norman Fischer, and the Chilingarian Quartet, and is a member of the Ghaderi-Focks Duo with pianist Andrew Focks. She performs frequent outreach recitals throughout Northeast Ohio since 2014 for the ArtsConnect series of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, and is first violinist of the Cleveland-based Kalos String Quartet. In the 2015 and 2016 seasons, she joined the contemporary chamber music ensemble Blue Streak for concerts in New York City and Cleveland. Her recital appearances have taken her around the globe to venues including the Palais Montcalm (Quebec), Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing), Auditorium Marianum (Perugia), Salzburg Baroque Museum, and the National Opera Center (NYC).
A dedicated violin instructor, Ghaderi earned complete pedagogical training in the Suzuki Method with Kimberly Meier-Sims and has served on the faculty of numerous music institutions including Baldwin Wallace University Community Music School and Interlochen Summer Arts Academy. She currently has an active private studio in South Euclid, OH.
Ghaderi’s primary teachers have included William Preucil (Concertmaster, Cleveland Orchestra), Peter Otto (Associate Concertmaster, Cleveland Orchestra), Kathleen Winkler, Zoya Leybin, and Carole Mayedo. She has also studied privately and in master classes with Ivan Zenaty, Pierre Amoyal, Fredell Lack, Elmar Oliveira, and Yehonatan Berick, among others. Ghaderi 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.