Widely recognized as an interpreter of contemporary music, Korean-American violinist Kyra Davies is the second violinist of the Semiosis Quartet, which focuses on performing string quartets of the 20th and 21st centuries. She also performs with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and can be heard on the group’s label, BMOP/sound. Previously, Kyra was a member of mixed quartet Hub New Music, the Britten-Pears Contemporary Ensemble in Aldeburgh, UK, and the Brevard Music Center’s new music ensemble, itch. She appeared as a guest performer with the New England Conservatory Contemporary Ensemble and on NEC’s Tuesday Night New Music series. She has collaborated with many of today’s leading composers including David Del Tredici, John Corigliano, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Oliver Knussen, Shih-Hui Chen, and Colin Matthews. As a chamber musician, Kyra has performed at venues and concert series including the Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project’s Re:Sound Festival, New Music Gathering, AEPEX Contemporary Music Series, Music on the Hill (Rhode Island), Outside the Box Boston, the Toledo Art Museum, Snape Maltings (Aldeburgh, UK), and New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall.
Kyra also appears frequently as an orchestral musician with organizations such as the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, South Florida Symphony Orchestra, New Hampshire Music Festival, Monadnock Music Festival, Symphony New Hampshire, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. She has performed at venues including the TD Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods, the Broward Center (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Kyra has toured with Il Volo and Josh Groban, and has worked with a wide range of classical, pop, and film music performers including Hans Zimmer, Ramin Djawadi, Chick Corea, Renee Fleming, Itzhak Perlman, and Steven Tyler.
Kyra graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University at age 20. She received orchestral training at summer festivals such as the National Orchestral Institute, National Repertory Orchestra (where she appeared as a soloist in a program of American fiddle tunes), Music Academy International (Siena, Italy), and the Castleton Festival Orchestra under Lorin Maazel. Kyra undertook additional studies at the Longy School of Music, where she was the inaugural recipient of the Eric Rosenblith Scholarship and concertmaster of the Longy Chamber Orchestra. Her teachers have included Kenneth Goldsmith, Robert Eshbach, Eric Rosenblith, Kazuko Matsusaka, and Ronan Lefkowitz.
In addition to her classical and contemporary music appearances, Kyra can also be seen around New England as a Celtic traditional fiddler and singer.
Contact Kyra at Kyra@SemiosisQuartet.com. For more information about Kyra visit www.kyradavies.com