Violist and 2012 Grammy Award winner Kim Kashkashian has established herself as one of the most accomplished artists of her generation. Inspiring worldwide critical acclaim, she has been hailed by The San Francisco Chronicle as "an artist who combines a probing, restless musical intellect with enormous beauty of tone." The New York Times has joined in these accolades, praising her "rich, mellow timbre and impressive artistry." Born in Detroit, Michigan of Armenian descent, Ms. Kashkashian graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she studied with Walter Trampler and Karen Tuttle. She has made guest appearances with the Tokyo, Guarneri and Galimir Quartets and toured with a unique quartet which included violinists Gidon Kremer and Daniel Phillips and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. She has been heard frequently on the PCMS series in recital, as a guest artist, and as part of various mixed ensembles. Kim Kashkashian's extensive teaching activities has included professorships at the University of Indiana, Bloomington and at Conservatories in Freiburg and Berlin, Germany. In September 2000, she began teaching viola and chamber music at the New England Conservatory in Boston.