Avery Parkhurst - Violin, Ukulele
Avery has been learning to make noise professionally since he was given his first violin at age four. As a recent graduate in Violin Performance from the University of Kansas School of Music, he has devoted himself to a wide array of musical traditions and instruments, including harp, ukulele, guitar, piano, cello, West African drumming, steel pan, and studies in ethnomusicology. A true renaissance man, he is committed to exploring new ways of musical and artistic expression, while consistently progressing towards mastery of the Violin.
Through his studies, Avery has accumulated extensive experience in orchestral, chamber, and professional settings. In his years as an undergraduate, he served as principal violin for the KU Symphony Orchestra, performing in venues such as the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts and the Lied Center. He has also performed with Kinnor Philharmonic, a professional orchestra based in Leawood, Kansas, and in The Nutcracker: A Kansas Ballet at the Lawrence Arts Center. As a soloist, Avery has appeared in master classes with the Borromeo String Quartet, Simone Porter (a soloist), the Harlem Quartet, and Felix Olschofka (professor at University of North Texas). A recent recital at the University of Kansas included original compositions based on Mozart, Klezmer, and American folk traditions, two solos performed on Harp, and his own transcription of a Hassidic Jewish melody.
As a pedagogue, Avery utilizes a highly individualistic approach, forming personal relationships with his students and addressing their specific goals. For many of his students, he incorporates the Suzuki method, and is a trained member of the Suzuki Association of America. Avery believes wholeheartedly that music is a pathway towards understanding others, and works with many of his students to overcome anxiety and build confidence in the lessons.