Astrid Nakamura

Astrid Nakamura, violin (Toronto, Canada) is currently completing her masters degree at Rice University with Kathleen Winkler with support from the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation. She recently served as concertmaster for the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben in April. Astrid has worked with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, and more under the batons of conductors including Marin Alsop, JoAnn Falleta, Rafael Payare, and Peter Oundjian. In 2019, as part of the Lafontaine Quartet, Astrid performed in competitions and masterclasses throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is also a member of the Montreal chamber collective Ensemble Urbain. Astrid has worked with members of the Guarneri Quartet, Quatuor Ébène, Artemis Quartet, and Alban Berg Quartett. Her chamber ventures include recitals at the Montreal International String Quartet Association, Galveston Symphony Moody Mansion Music Group series, and Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur. Astrid is an alumna of the Phil and Eli Taylor Academy, and completed her undergraduate studies at McGill University in 2022. Previous Yellow Barn musician (2022)