Asmira Woodward PageAsmira Woodward-Page

SCHOOL

Studied under Jan Cooper and then Harry Curby at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music

STUDY

Studied under 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.

Master of Music degree at Juilliard where she studied with Robert Mann.

CURRENT

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”.

An avid chamber musician, Asmira has been invited to perform at many festivals including Ravinia, Aspen, and the Crossroads Music Festival in Australia; with Kathy Selby and Friends at Sydney’s Angel Place, and in venues like New York’s beloved Bargemusic, Le Poussin Rouge, Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center.  Asmira is also the co-leader and a founding member of the unconducted ensemble SONYC (the String Orchestra of New York City) which was the subject of the documentary “Breathing Together”.  Recently, Asmira has toured with and guest-led the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, a dynamic, also-unconducted string ensemble formed at the Marlboro Music Festival.  Asmira has also worked with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra.  Asmira is thrilled to reconnect with Australian audiences through the exciting venture that is the Australian World Orchestra; both as member of the orchestra and on tour performing chamber music with fellow AWO musicians.

A passionate advocate for new music, Asmira recently performed at John Zorn’s 60th birthday concert at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, and over the years has premiered hundreds of new works as a member of dedicated new music groups like Counter)induction and the Momenta Quartet.  This year Asmira celebrates the formation of her brainchild, Raw Materials; a new platform for classical music projects in collaboration with other arts genres.  Work is currently underway to record Greenway, a newly-commissioned piece by NYC-based composer Ljova in tandem with Biber’s 17th Century Passacaglia for solo violin.  The recording will form the sound track for a music, nature and art film.  Other season highlights include performances with the Walden Chamber Players, SONYC, ECCO and a chamber music tour with members of AWO.

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. She now raises a family in Brooklyn, NYC.

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