Astrid Nakamura poses with a violin
Violinist Astrid Nakamura Photo: Donna Santos

Astrid Nakamura is an active chamber musician in North America and a current musician at the Yellow Barn summer festival. Driven by intersectional narratives, she embraces fluidity in music and art and embodies what it means to be a violinist in today’s classical music scene. Most notably, she competed and performed throughout the United States and Canada as part of the Lafontaine Quartet from 2018 to 2019. As winner of the 2021 McGill Concerto Competition, she performed Prokofiev’s second violin concerto with the McGill Symphony Orchestra in September 2021. Astrid is studying art history and methodologies in addition to music performance. With an emphasis on multicultural and feminist lenses, her musicality is thoughtful towards both classical tradition and contemporary issues. Astrid is pursuing her master’s degree at Rice University with Kathleen Winkler with support from the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation. She graduated from McGill University in 2022, studying with Axel Strauss.

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