Audrey Wozniak is a globally-minded and internationally performing violinist from Austin, Texas. She started playing violin at the age of six after seeing internationally renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman perform on the children’s television show Sesame Street. Since that time she has performed on stages in six countries in styles ranging from classical to reggae, free improvisation to Balinese traditional. She is the recipient of the prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which from 2014-2015 supported her project of exploring multiculturalism in local music cultures of China, Indonesia, and Turkey. During the year she studied various unusual stringed instruments with local master musicians, worked as a music critic in Hong Kong, traveled with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble on their Asia tour, and performed on the main stage of Bali’s largest music festival, among various unlikely and extraordinary experiences she chronicled on her blog On Global Harmony (audreywoz.com).
Audrey is an alumna of Wellesley College, where she graduated with Honors in Music and East Asian Studies and won the Billings Award for Excellence in Music Performance. In the spring of 2014, Audrey gave the Boston premiere of American composer Lou Harrison’s rarely-played Double Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Javanese Gamelan on the composer’s own instruments, especially tuned for the piece and held at Harvard University. She made her solo debut in 2010 with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and served as the concertmaster of the MIT Symphony for all four years of college. She performed as the violin soloist for Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, and was the winner of the 2013 MIT Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, for which she performed Mozart’s Adagio and Rondo for Violin and Orchestra with cadenzas she composed herself.
Audrey is currently completing a Master’s in Politics and Communication at the London School of Economics. She has been awarded full-tuition merit scholarships for a Master’s in Music Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, a program she will start in London this fall.