Violinist Kaia Selden is a sixth grader at Access Academy in Portland, Oregon and a scholarship recipient at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Following initial studies with Jan Coleman, she is currently a student of Seattle Symphony assistant concertmaster and Classical Tahoe violinist Simon James and pianist Hiro David.
Kaia has performed at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, at the Philadelphia Music Festival, and for the String Fest at Merkin Hall in New York. Her chamber music group, Trio Capriccio, which specializes in the music of Astor Piazzolla, has performed in community events for the Oregon Food Bank, Bravo Orchestras, Mercy Corps and Mirabella.
Kaia won Grand Prize at the 2014 Cascades Young Artist Competition, made her concerto debut as winner of the 2015 Snohomish County Music Teachers Association Competition, was a concerto finalist for the 2016 Seattle Young Artists Festival, and first prize winner of the 2017 Simon Fiset Competition. In addition to music and art, Kaia enjoys rock climbing and zip-lining.
This free family concert is underwritten in honor all violin students from 3 to 93 who play to create camaraderie through the joy of music.