Artist Bio

Karisa Chiu, violin

With a deep commitment to musical excellence and understanding of the repertoire, violinist Karisa Chiu has earned numerous accolades around the globe, including First Prize of the Isang Yun Violin Competition, Fourth Prize and Composer Prize of the Menuhin International Violin Competition, Second Prize of the Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition, Third Prize and Bach Prize of the Stulberg International String Competition, and Fourth Prize of the Irving M. Klein International String Competition. Chiu has been featured as a soloist in renowned concert halls such as Severance Hall and the Seoul Arts Center and has performed with acclaimed orchestras including the KBS Symphony Orchestra, Tongyeong Festival Orchestra, Munich Radio Orchestra, and Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Chiu regularly performs in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a substitute violinist. Alongside her performance career, she is Co-Director of the Plymouth Chamber Players, a concert series in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Chiu began playing the violin at the age of three with her father Cornelius Chiu, a violinist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and studied with Almita Vamos at the Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Ida Kavafian, and is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Jaime Laredo and Malcolm Lowe.

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