Praised for his “lush sound...[and] passionate playing” (CASA Magazine) and “formidable technical powers” (Santa Barbara News-Press), classical violinist Niv Ashkenazi is an active soloist and chamber musician. He has made several Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center appearances, and has performed in Europe, the Middle East, and across the United States.
Highlights of his past season include an appearance as a guest artist at La Sierra University and a residency with the Perlman Music Program performing on the Violins of Hope in Sarasota, Florida. Mr. Ashkenazi was invited to perform and speak at the Jewish Funders Network Conference and toured with the iPalpiti Chamber Orchestra in Israel. Other recent performances include recitals at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara, and as a guest artist at Westmont College, as well as solo appearances with the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra and the California State University, Northridge Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Ashkenazi has collaborated with members of the Los Angeles Philhamonic, Juilliard String Quartet, Cavani Quartet, and Ariel Quartet. Since 2012 he has been the arranger and featured soloist for TranscenDanceGroup’s multimedia show G*D, which he most recently brought to the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in New Jersey. He works with Street Symphony, an organization dedicated to bringing inclusive performances to people experiencing incarceration and homelessness. Mr. Ashkenazi’s unique violin and bassoon duo, Dyad, has performed on many chamber music series on the East and West coasts and is actively engaged in premiering works by living composers.
Mr. Ashkenazi is the winner of numerous competitions and has been invited to perform at the Lake George Music Festival, Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Music Workshop, Music Academy of the West, Keshet Eilon Summer Mastercourse in Israel, and iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates. He has played live on classical radio station KMZT and on LA Talk Radio.
Mr. Ashkenazi holds both a B.M. and an M.M. from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Itzhak Perlman and Glenn Dicterow. He serves on the professional advisory board of Shane’s Inspiration, a global non-profit organization dedicated to building inclusive playgrounds and served on the board of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra. In addition to performing, he maintains a teaching studio in Los Angeles.