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Kimberly Fisher, Principal Second Violinist of The Philadelphia Orchestra, has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Vancouver Symphony, and The Victoria Symphony. As recitalist and chamber musician she has performed across the United States and Canada,in England, Spain, France, Germany, Japan, China, Vietnam and Argentina.Kimberly has appeared in chamber music settings on “The Today Show” and in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, The Mogador Theater in Paris, The Kimmel Center, The Great Hall of China and most recently in conjunction with Midori and Friends in New York City. She has enjoyed chamber music performances with internationally renowned artists such as Wolfgang Sawallisch, Cristoph Eschenbach, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, William Preucil, Cynthia Phelps and many others. Ms. Fisher’s energetic, communicative teaching style has led to invitations to give master classes, chamber music coachings and audition preparation seminars around the world.
A strong advocate of bringing music to young people, she co-founded with Sandy Marcucci the Philadelphia International Music Festival (PIMF) in 1997. PIMF, in residency at Bryn Mawr College, impacts the lives of nearly 300 young musicians from around the world annually. Ms. Fisher began violin studies at age three with her father as her teacher for 12 years. Ms. Fisher’s professional orchestral career began when she joined the Victoria Symphony as their youngest member at age 16. Continuing her studies, she moved to Philadelphia to attend the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Yumi Ninomiya.
Ms. Fisher is an active pedagogue whose students have performed as soloists with major orchestras, attended distinguished music conservatories, performed as members of professional orchestras, and won many awards and competitions. Her energetic, communicative teaching style has led to invitations to present master classes, lessons, and seminars around the world.
Japanese-American conductor Kensho Watanabe has recently been appointed Assistant Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, beginning his tenure in the fall of 2016. He also continues to hold the title of Conducting Fellow of the San Diego Symphony.Kensho was the inaugural Conducting Fellow of the the Curtis Institute from 2013 to 2015, under the mentorship of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Equally at home in both symphonic and operatic repertoire, Kensho has led numerous operas with the Curtis Opera Theatre, most recently La Bohéme in 2015. Additionally, he has served as Assistant Conductor to Mr. Nézet-Séguin on a new production of Elektra at Opera de Montréal. Future performances include a debut with the Orlando Philharmonic, and reengagements with the Orchestre Métropolitain, the San Diego Symphony, and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.
An accomplished violinist, Kensho received his Master of Music in Violin from the Yale School of Music, and served as a substitute violinist for the Philadelphia Orchestra from 2012-2016.
Cognizant of the importance of the training and development of young musicians, Kensho has also served on the staff of the Greenwood Music Camp since 2007, and currently serves as the Orchestra Conductor.
Kensho is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Conducting, where he studied with distinguished conducting pedagogue Otto-Werner Mueller. He has also studied with Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival, and Michael Jinbo at the Pierre Monteux School. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Yale College, where he studied Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.