heather powell

Heather Powell, violinist

Photograph by Chloe Jackman

Photograph by Chloe Jackman

Heather Powell appears in performance with a diverse group of ensembles as orchestral violinist, chamber musician and soloist alike. She plays regularly for the Los Angeles Opera, the Pacific Symphony and is an active recording artist for motion pictures and television.  Before relocating to LA, the San Francisco native performed with the San Francisco Ballet, the San Francisco Opera, as Assistant Concertmaster of the Santa Rosa Symphony, Concertmaster of the Merced Symphony, and Associate Concertmaster of the Stockton Symphony.  Heather has made TV appearances performing on Little Big Shots, Best.Cover.Ever, The Voice and World’s Best. She has received awards for her musical achievements from the Harvard Musical Association, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

With recognition for music's power to connect individuals and communities, Ms. Powell is passionate about promoting women in the arts and combining performing art disciplines to reach audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Her most recent production, born from the seed of these interests, is a unique live performance collaboration which marries chamber music, classical dance and visual art. Created together with choreographer, Danielle Rowe and media artist, Alisa Lapidus, this piece called “Before You Had A Name” (2019) premiered at Barak Ballet’s Off Balance Series and inspired a short film which is currently slotted to premier at the 2019 San Francisco Dance Film Festival.

Heather began her early music instruction at the San Francisco Conservatory Pre-College Program and continued her studies at the New England Conservatory of Music.  Her interests and education outside of music have been wide-ranging, including Italian and Film History at the Universitá di Genova and Viticulture and Enology at U.C. Davis. She received her B.A Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in the Social Sciences with a thesis essay on the image of the home in Italian films directed by women.

Ms. Powell performs on a beautiful 1865 Guarneri model violin made by J.B. Vuillaume.



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