Ms. Powell, a California native, began playing violin at the age of four. Versatile as orchestral violinist, chamber musician and soloist alike, Heather frequently appears in performance and educational outreach projects with a diverse group of ensembles. She plays regularly for the San Francisco Opera, the Los Angeles Opera and the San Francisco Ballet, is Assistant Concertmaster of the Santa Rosa Symphony and has formerly served for many seasons as Concertmaster of the Merced Symphony, Associate Concertmaster of the Stockton Symphony, as well as making guest Concertmaster appearances with many regional orchestras in California. Outside of the classical realm, Ms. Powell is an active recording artist for motion pictures, video games and television in California and abroad and has made recent on-stage television appearances playing violin on Little Big Shots, Best.Cover.Ever and The Voice. Heather 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 committed to educating the next generation and has built and maintained a vibrant teaching studio, where she has taught violin, viola and chamber music for over 9 years. She is also passionate about promoting women in the arts and combining performing art disciplines to reach audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Heather began her early music instruction at the San Francisco Conservatory Pre-College Program and subsequently continued her studies at the New England Conservatory of Music. In areas outside music, her interests and education have been wide-ranging, including Italian and Film History at the Universitá di Genova and Viticulture and Enology at U.C. Davis. In 2004, Heather received her B.A Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in the Social Sciences with a thesis essay on Italian Film directed by women.
Ms. Powell performs on a beautiful 1865 Guarneri model violin made by J.B. Vuillaume.
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