KAYLA WILLIAMS (viola) began private violin lessons at age four in Tallahassee, Florida, and soon after joined the Tallahassee Youth Orchestra. She switched to viola at eleven years old, and after playing the viola for only eight months, she was chosen to participate in the Florida Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra. She has performed in master classes with members of the Emerson String Quartet, Robert Vernon, Lawrence Power, Milan Milisavljevic, Gilad Karni, Ettore Causa, and the Parker Quartet. In previous summers, Williams has performed in multiple festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Garth Newel Emerging Artist Fellowship, and Eastern Music Festival. She is currently working towards a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance with Ralph Fielding at the Lynn Conservatory of Music with an expected graduation in 2019. A winner of the 2018 Lynn Concerto Competition, Williams performed Bartok’s Viola Concerto with the Lynn Philharmonia in November. Kayla’s chamber ensemble, The Lyre Trio, was awarded 2nd prize at the Lynn Conservatory Chamber competition and performed in the Mostly Mozart Festival in Miami, Florida, in May 2017.
- Kayla Williams
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