Ann & Randy Fowler Chair
When you meet Kana, ask her… Can she can speak with a Canadian accent? Does she still play soccer? What is her favorite cuisine to cook?
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kana Kimura began her violin studies at the age of 4 in Edmonton, Alberta, with the Suzuki School for Talent Education. When her family moved to Chicago, she continued her studies at the Music Center of the North Shore, where she studied with Almita and Roland Vamos. At the Music Center, Kana became active in chamber music, performing in master classes for such chamber musicians as Menahem Pressler and the members of the Vermeer Quartet, and becoming a prizewinner in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
Kana was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship to attend the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she received her Bachelor of Music and was concertmaster of the Oberlin Conservatory Chamber Orchestra. She holds her Masters of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Houston, where she studied with Fredell Lack.
During the summers she has participated in such prestigious festivals as the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Bay Chamber Concerts, the Pacific Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, and the National Repertory Orchestra.
Kana currently resides in Houston, Texas, and performs with ROCO, Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, and Mercury Baroque Ensemble. In addition to performing, Kana enjoys being active in children’s education, maintaining a studio of over 20 young students.