A California native, Heather began playing violin at the age of four. Versatile as orchestral violinist, chamber musician and soloist alike, Ms. Powell frequently appears in live performance, educational outreach projects and soundtrack recordings with a diverse group of ensembles. She is currently Assistant Concertmaster of the Santa Rosa Symphony, Concertmaster of the Merced Symphony and performs regularly with the San Francisco Opera, the San Francisco Ballet and the Magik Magik Orchestra in addition to many other groups across California and elsewhere as a classical, musical theater and crossover artist. With recognition for music's power to connect individuals and communities, Heather is committed to educating the next generation and maintains a vibrant private teaching studio, where she has taught violin, viola and chamber music for over 9 years.
Ms. Powell has received awards from the Harvard Musical Association, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the New England String Ensemble, the Gordon Symphony Orchestra and at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. She began her early instruction at the San Francisco Conservatory Pre-College Program and subsequently at the New England Conservatory. In areas outside music, Heather's studies have been wide-ranging including Italian and Film History at the Universitá di Genova and Viticulture and Enology at U.C. Davis. She is passionate about combining performing art disciplines and promoting women in the arts. 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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