Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Indiana University School of Music; The Juilliard School, New York
Australian violinist Asmira Woodward-Page performs internationally as soloist and chamber musician, receiving recognition for her original artistry. Praised for her “transforming intensity and beauty of tone” (New York Times), and described as “an auspicious talent” who “speaks directly to her listeners” (Sydney Morning Herald), Asmira won the 2003 Concert Artists Guild Competition, and continues to enjoy an eclectic career focused on performing traditional and new classical works. Her forays into other musical styles through working with artists like Pandit Prabhakar Dhakde, Herbie Hancock, Riyuichi Sakamoto, John Zorn, Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Kanye West, attest to her multi-faceted approach to music making.
As a recitalist who has toured extensively in the Americas and her native Australia, Asmira’s engagements have included Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Ravinia Festival’s Rising Stars concerts, the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, the Washington Performing Arts Society, and Mexico’s Festival Internacional Cervantino. Asmira also enjoys performing in more intimate settings like at WMP’s Strad for Lunch series in Manhattan, at Barbes in Brooklyn, and in numerous classrooms, soup kitchens and community centers. She collaborates with a variety of talented pianists including Inon Barnatan, Ieva Jockubaviciute, Einav Yarden, Steven Beck, Blair McMillen, Scott Davie and Tanya Bannister. Having performed in all manner of venues, Asmira is easily comfortable performing anywhere for anyone.
A “solo artist…in peak form” (Symphony Magazine), Asmira has performed concertos with the major orchestras in Australia and several in North America, including SONYC (the String Orchestra of New York City), The Little Orchestra Society, Wartburg Symphony and the Charlotte Philharmonic, collaborating with conductors like Jahya Ling, Michael Christie, Muhai Tang and fellow Australian, Matthew Coorey. She is heard in many recordings, on live TV and radio broadcasts, and was featured in the ABC documentary “The Little Box that Sings”.
Asmira believes deeply in presenting music to young people through whatever means necessary to inspire in them a love for music. She has led many outreach programs, drawing upon her extensive teaching and performing experience… plus a few crazy ideas. Asmira began her violin studies with Jan Cooper and then Harry Curby at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, later becoming a student of Miriam Fried and Paul Biss at the Indiana University School of Music, where she received her Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma, and was awarded the Performer’s Certificate for outstanding musical performance. She went on to earn a Master of Music degree at Juilliard where she studied with Robert Mann.
Last updated 2018