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Carrie Kennedy


Award-winning violinist Carrie Kennedy has been the featured soloist with orchestras throughout the United States including the San Antonio, Richardson, University of Southern California, Torrance, Suburban, Brevard Festival, Clear Lake, Westchester, Solano and Magic Valley symphonies, and has performed concerts around the world.

She joined the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in January 2012. Currently, she is also a member of the New West, Long Beach and Pasadena symphonies; and the Fiato Quartet; and performs with Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, Pacific Symphony and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. She has toured with the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra in South America, the Percy Faith Orchestra in Japan, the Fiato Quartet in Costa Rica and with Andrea Bocelli. She has also recorded music for many commercials, motion pictures and records.

Kennedy has won numerous awards including first place in the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artists Competition, a prize which includes two years of concert engagements, and first place in the American String Teachers Association Competition. In addition, she was a semi-finalist in the Irving M. Klein Competition, Tunbridge Wells International Competition in England, Concert Artists Guild Competition and the International Leopold Mozart Competition in Germany.

Kennedy is an alumnus of intensive chamber music programs at Tanglewood and Amelia Island where her quartet was coached by the American, Guarneri and Takacs quartets. While at SUNY Stony Brook, Carrie’s quartet studied with the Emerson Quartet. She served as concertmaster at the Tanglewood Music Festival under Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos and was broadcast live on New York’s WQXR in Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben. At the London Master Classes where she studied with Gyorgy Pauk, she was chosen to have her lesson filmed by Online Classics for a television documentary on the master classes. In addition, she has attended the Santander Master Courses in Spain with Zakhar Bron, the Holland Music Sessions with Hermann Krebbers, Indiana University String Academy, Angel Fire Chamber Music Festival, Weathersfield Music Festival, Encore School for Strings and the Masterworks Festival.

She holds a Master of Music degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she studied with Pamela Frank and Ani Kavafian, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California with Robert Lipsett.

Carrie resides in Pasadena with her husband and fellow LACO violinist Joel Pargman.

Carrie Kennedy

photo Halstan Williams

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