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New England Conservatory faculty member Kim Kashkashian wins a Grammy

Violist Kim Kashkashian  wins Grammy for best classical instrumental solo.
Violist Kim Kashkashian wins Grammy for best classical instrumental solo.Credit: photo by Andrew Hurlbut/courtesy New England Conservatory

On the heels of our recent snowstorm, there’s a huge accumulation — of pride — at the New England Conservatory. Included among the Grammy winners announced Feb. 10 are several musicians with NEC affiliations including faculty member Kim Kashkashian for best classical instrumental solo: “Kurtág & Ligeti: Music for Viola.”

The Grammy-winning violist (who should never be confused with those Kardashians) was born in Detroit and graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. She has been a soloist with orchestras all over the world, toured with the string quartet of violinists Gidon Kremer and Daniel Phillips, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and has expanded the solo viola playbook.

Kudos to Kim Kashkashian and the New England Conservatory!

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