Violinist Kyra Davies is an active chamber and orchestral musician. Devoted to contemporary music, Kyra performs and records regularly with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and is the second violinist of the Semiosis Quartet, a string quartet focused on new music performance. Kyra has also appeared on tour with the mixed quartet Hub New Music, playing venues such as the Outside the Box Festival in Boston, the Toledo Museum of Art, and the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, MI. Previously, Kyra was a member of the Britten-Pears Contemporary Ensemble in Aldeburgh, UK, and the Brevard Music Center’s contemporary music ensemble, itch. She appeared as a guest performer with the New England Conservatory Contemporary Ensemble under John Heiss, and as a chamber musician 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, and Colin Matthews.
Kyra also appears with organizations such as the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, North Shore Music Theatre, South Florida Symphony Orchestra, New Hampshire Music Festival, Monadnock Music Festival, Symphony New Hampshire, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Opera Tampa, 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), the Church of Sant’Agostino (Siena, Italy), and Snape Maltings (Aldeburgh, UK). She 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), the Siena Music Festival, 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.
When not performing, Kyra volunteers at Me/2, an orchestra created for people who have directly or indirectly experienced the effects of mental illness. She can also be seen around the Boston area as a Celtic traditional fiddler and singer.
Contact Kyra at Kyra@SemiosisQuartet.com. For more information about Kyra visit www.kyradavies.com