Violinist Kevin Kumar '92 has been a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra, West Los Angeles Symphony, Riverside Philharmonic, and the Peninsula Symphony. He is currently the co-Artistic Director of Salastina Music Society, a chamber music ensemble that performs throughout southern California.
Kumar has also been active as an orchestral player, serving as Concertmaster of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra under Valerie Gergiev and Semyon Bychkov in tours throughout major European cultural centers. He was personally invited by Sir Georg Solti to participate in the Solti Project at Carnegie Hall (Decca).
As a devoted chamber musician he has performed in various ensembles and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, and Central America and participated in numerous radio and television broadcasts, including a featured appearance on a primetime NBC sitcom. Kumar has given the world premieres of chamber music and solo works by composers such as Grammy-nominated composer Javier Navarrete, Daniel Catan, R.I. Gordon, and Jeremy Cavaterra.
Kumar attended Columbia University and the Manhattan School of Music, and received the Jascha Heifetz Scholarship and his Advanced Studies in Music Diploma from the University of Southern California. He completed his BA at Stanford University. He has studied with Viktor Tretyakov, Alice Schoenfeld, Linda Rose, and Gennady Kleyman and benefited from masterclasses with Dorothy Delay, Sylvia Rosenberg, Gary Hoffman, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Awards include Grand Prizes at the Pasadena Instrumental and Edith Knox Concerto Competitions
Sponsored by the Robert ’53 and MeiLi Hefner Foundation and offered here at Webb to two current students, The Hefner Initiative aims to foster a close and positive relationship between the people of China and the US. This extraordinary 12-day summer program includes travel this year to Beijing and Suzhou—allowing for living/learning opportunities with host students and families.
Shyam Arya '18 and Ellie Canty '18 have been accepted to present a poster at the National American Chemical Society conference in New Orleans in March 2019--an extremely rare honor for high school students.
It’s November 2nd and the College Guidance office is quiet this morning—nothing like the last few days when countless numbers of panicked seniors were popping in to get their essays looked at one last time before pressing “submit.”