Praised for her “confidence and bearing," violinist Usha Kapoor made her solo debut with the Phoenix Symphony and has since performed extensively as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout North America and Europe. The recent winner of a 2020 Tunnell Trust Award and First Prize winner of the 2018 Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Competition with pianist Edward Leung, Usha Kapoor performs recitals in the 2020-2021 season at Wigmore Hall, 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 all American composers on the Resonus Classics label and 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 the14th Rolandseck-ARP Museum and Krzyżowa-Music Festivals, Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music, and on the Colburn Chamber Music Society with musicians Martin Beaver, 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 Classic FM, 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 received her Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma from the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles where she was a student of renowned pedagogue Robert Lipsett. Kapoor is currently pursuing a Konzertexamen certificate studying with violinist Mihaela Martin at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln and is grateful for additional support and guidance from Alexander Rumpf and Daniel Tong.
When she is not playing violin, Usha loves hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, writing, cooking, and playing with her cat, Luna.
Biography current as of December 2020.