Gallia Kastner, violin

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

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In 2015, Gallia shared first prize in the 2015 Cooper International Violin Competition!

Meet Gallia

Gallia performs on Show 399, recorded at the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles, California. As a teenager, she appeared on Show 272 and on Show 277 with Quartet Lumière, both recorded in 2013.

Gallia Kastner has been the concertmaster of the American Youth Symphony since 2016 and has won numerous local, national, and international competitions, both as a soloist and a chamber musician. She is a winner of the Pasadena Showcase Competition, the Cooper International Violin Competition, the Blount Slawson National Concerto Competition in Montgomery, Alabama, the Triennial Johansen International Competition in Washington DC, and most recently the American Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, which includes an opportunity to solo with the orchestra in the Fall of 2019. An avid chamber musician, Gallia was a member of the Lumiére String Quartet that won first place at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and she was also the violinist of Trio Solaris, which collaborated with the Trey McIntyre Project at Jacob’s Pillow. Some of Gallia’s performances with orchestras include The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, The Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra in Pennsylvania, and The Montgomery Symphony. Gallia performs on an 1843 Giovanni Francesco Pressenda Violin on generous loan from the Mandell Collection of Southern California.

Program Bio from Show 272:

Gallia Kastner (violin), 16, is from Arlington Heights, Illinois, where she attends the Music Institute of Chicago and studies under Almita and Roland Vamos. She is a recipient of From the TopÕs Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. This year, she won Montgomery Symphony OrchestraÕs Blount-Slawson Young Artist Competition. Outside of music, Gallia is very involved in her church youth group.

Listen to Gallia

Show 272, Princeton, NJ
Waltz-Scherzo, Op.34 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Show 277, Bowling Green, OH
I. Un poco andante - Allegro molto ed agitato from String Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 by Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)

Show 399, Los Angeles, CA
Dies Irie (piano trio) by Kenji Bunch

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