United States of America
Described as “mesmerizing” by The Burlington Hawkeye Times, 24-year-old violist Keoni Bolding has already established a career across the US. He has appeared as an orchestral player with the New York Philharmonic, as a chamber musician with the Takacs Quartet, and as a soloist in Carnegie’s Weill Hall. Keoni also enjoys sharing music in unconventional spaces, having performed in planetariums, hospitals, NYC jazz clubs, art galleries, and more. Since 2014, Keoni has been committed to providing live music for ICU and cancer patients both in his hometown outside of Philadelphia and in Macon GA. Keoni is beyond grateful for the guidance from his teachers at the McDuffie Center for Strings, the Juilliard School, and the Curtis Institute of Music. He is fortunate enough to play a viola made by Hiroshi Iizuka on loan from a generous private donor. When he is not playing music, he helps his family take care of their small dairy farm in Pennsylvania.