Ava Shadmani

Violin, 2020

Violinist Ava Shadmani is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music Degree under distinguished violinist David Perry with a minor in Arts Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a Hunt Quartet fellow co-sponsored by the Madison Symphony Orchestra, she makes regular visits to Dane County elementary schools introducing students to various elements of music and prepares multiple performances for the Mead Witter School of Music.

Ms.Shadmani began playing violin at the age of 11. She moved to the United States in summer of 2016 to study with renowned violinist David Salness at the University of Maryland. She received her Masters of Music in Violin Performance and was honored to be a recipient of the prestigious Smith Scholarship during her time there. A native of Tehran, Iran, she holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the University of Tehran. Ms. Shadmani is an active solo and chamber musician and has performed various concerts in her country, as well as Europe and United States. She is a former violinist and co-founder of the Arvand String Quartet, an active chamber group in Iran that has appeared in several performances and recordings with the goal of bringing classical music into more accessible venues. In addition to being an active chamber musician, she has worked with professional Iranian orchestras such as Tehran Symphonic Orchestra, Parsian Chamber Orchestra, and Tehran Philharmonic Orchestra. As an Iranian woman with a deep passion for Persian culture and music, she plays the Kamanche (an Iranian bowed string instrument) and has appeared in performances promoting the music of her country including the Persian New Years
concert at National Health Institute in Washington D.C.

Aside from performing, Ms.Shadmani is dedicated to teaching music and has taught students of all backgrounds for more than 9 years. In addition to the Hunt Quartet’ Up Close and Musical outreach program, she holds a studio as a violin teacher at Community Music Lessons at UW-Madison.