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Kari Giles grew up in Western North Carolina, and began studying Suzuki violin at the the age of 5. She holds performance degrees from the NC School of the Arts, and San Francisco Conservatory. After serving as a substitute musician for the Minnesota Orchestra and St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Ms Giles moved to Charlotte in 2006 to become the Assistant Concertmaster of the Charlotte Symphony. Her major musical influences include Mary Daniels, Elaine Richey, Nicholas Mann, Robert Mann, Mark Sokol, and Jorja Fleezanis.
As an educator, Ms Giles maintains a small private studio, serves as adjunct Professor of Violin at Winthrop University, and coaches with the Youth Orchestras of Charlotte.
Ms Giles is honored to serve as a board member of The Possibility Project Charlotte, an organization dedicated to developing generations of engaged community leaders using the vehicles of performing arts and community action.
A passionate chamber musician, she is a founding member of the Madison Park String Quartet, and rEvolution Strings. She enjoys curating programs that feature local composers, diverse styles, and collaborations with other art forms. Recent performances include:
*Listen! Race Matters as a member of the A Sign of the Times Strings
* an evening of eclectic “Off the Rails” music at Snug Harbor in Charlotte, NC
* a collaboration with the musicians of Aarohan Music for the Festival of India 2019
*Your Neighborhood Orchestra Recording Project
*Noteworthy with Quisol and Harvey Cummings II