Audrey Wozniak is a globally-minded violinist from Austin, Texas, with a passion for cross-cultural communication. 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. Her recent performances include a solo performances of her original improvisatory composition at the National Portrait Gallery and in Trafalgar Square as part of London’s citywide Chinese New Year Festival.
Audrey graduated from Wellesley College in 2014 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 a 2014-2015 recipient of the prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which supported her yearlong 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. In 2016 she received a Master’s in Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics, and is currently undertaking a Master’s in Music Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London. She also regularly travels to Turkey to continue her study of Ottoman classical and makam-based music and improvisation. More information at audreywoz.co