Renowned celloist to perform on the Island

Kate Kayaian will give a solo concert on Oct. 27 at the SJCC.

World-class cellist Kate Kayaian is giving a solo concert at the Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC) at 4 p.m. on Oct. 27, where she will perform works by Bach, Crumb, Hovhaness and Gianopoulos.

“I’m so excited to be performing in Seattle for the first time, and thrilled to be coming to a place as beautiful as Mercer Island,” Kayaian told the Reporter.

Kayaian is known for her artistry and passion for collaboration. She has toured France, Italy, Greece and Turkey with members of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, performs and records regularly with such acclaimed ensembles as the Grammy-nominated group Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and she is the director of Chamber Music for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras.

A strong advocate for new music, Kayaian works closely with today’s leading composers and conductors. She is currently working on a new project recording works for solo cello written by friends and colleagues from the Boston area.

Originally from Chicago, Kayaian moved to Boston to pursue her degree at the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied cello and chamber music. She then won a three-year fellowship with the New World Symphony, where she performed as principal cellist.

Thanks to recent advances in online video chat technology, she maintains an active studio of private students and coaching clients from around the globe. She is also on the strings faculty of the Bermuda School, and has traveled frequently to South Africa and Kenya to facilitate cultural exchanges between young African and American music students, making trips to Mexico and India for similar projects.

Concert tickets are $25, or $15 for students and seniors. https://katekayaian.com.

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