Violinist Usha Kapoor made her solo debut with the Phoenix Symphony in 2011, and has since performed extensively as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout North America and Europe. Kapoor recently won the 2020 Tunnell Trust Award and First Prize at the 2018 Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Competition alongside frequent recital partner Edward Leung.
The 2021-22 season brings Kapoor to the United Kingdom for her Wigmore Hall recital debut, as well as an extensive tour throughout Scotland performing Brahms’s complete works for violin and piano with Edward Leung. She will give recitals at the Ulverston International Music Festival, Winchester Chamber Music Festival, Marden House Sunday at Three Series, Wye Valley Music, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and Chamber Circle, Brussels. In addition, she will release a CD featuring works by 20th-century American composers on the Resonus Classics label and will collaborate with conductor and composer Henry Cheng and the Very Berlin Ensemble to record for the luxury Korean cosmetic company Isamuae.
Highlights of recent seasons include solo engagements with the Studio-Orchester Duisburg, the Culver City Chamber Orchestra, the Culver City Symphony Orchestra, and the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, as well as recitals with Leung at the Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Festival, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s November Chamberfest, and at Sophie’s Barn in Banbury, England. As chamber musician, Kapoor has performed at the Miesbach Kammermusik Festival, the 14th Rolandseck-ARP Museum Festival, the Krzyżowa-Music Festival, Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music, and on the Colburn Chamber Music Society with musicians Martin Beaver, Paul Coker, Paul Coletti, Friedemann Eichhorn, Clive Greensmith, Konstantin Heidrich, Matthias Kirschnereit, Eckart Runge, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
Kapoor is a current recipient of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Grant in the Field of Music and is further supported by the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Deutschland e.V. Previously, she was the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Grant in the Arts and a Career Grant from the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation. In addition, Kapoor has won top prizes in the International Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition, the Edith Knox Peninsula Symphony Competition, the Parness Concerto Competition, and the Phoenix Symphony Concerto Competition. Kapoor has been featured on the United Kingdom’s radio station ClassicFM, Arizona’s 89.5 KBAQ, National Public Radio (NPR)'s StoryCorps Archive, and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)’s “Arts District” segment.
Kapoor was raised in Phoenix, Arizona where she studied with Dr. Katie McLin and Phoenix Symphony concertmaster Steven Moeckel. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma from the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Robert Lipsett. She recently received a Master of Music degree and is currently completing her Konzertexamen with Mihaela Martin at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. She is grateful for additional support and guidance from Tasmin Little, Alexander Rumpf, and Daniel Tong.
Kapoor plays on a B.S. Fendt violin, made in London ca. 1840. When she is not playing violin, Usha loves hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, writing, cooking, and playing with her cat, Luna.
Biography current as of November 2021