Naomi Culp, violinist of the Kaia String Quartet, is a dedicated performer, collaborator, and educator in the greater Chicago area. Ms. Culp has recently held the orchestral positions Assistant Concertmaster of the Harper Symphony Orchestra and Concertmaster of the Roosevelt University Orchestra. She has traveled throughout the United States, Russia, China, Taiwan, Japan, and Australia performing as a recitalist and orchestral player. In addition, Ms. Culp was awarded first prize at the National Fine Arts Festival Competition in Washington, D.C. in 2003 and performed at the U.S. Capitol.
Beyond her solo and orchestral career, Ms. Culp has collaborated with several instrumental ensembles outside the classical world. She feels free to collaborate with artists in the jazz, independent rock, folk, and world music genres. Ms. Culp was recently invited to perform at the Allstate Arena with Grammy Award winning Latin rock band, MANA. In addition to eclectic musical genres, Ms. Culp has performed as violinist for an array of touring and local musical theatre productions in the Midwest area including The Sound of Music and Jane Eyre with Big Noise Theater Company and Sweeney Todd with Loyola University.
As a chamber recitalist, Ms. Culp has performed several concerts throughout Chicago, was invited to perform at the Utah Symphony’s Emerging Quartet’s program 2009, and performed the Schubert Cello Quintet with Yo-Yo Ma at the Chicago Symphony’s Citizen Musician’s Week.
Ms. Culp is an alumna of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Culp holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Violin Performance from Roosevelt University’s Conservatory of Music. Her principle teachers include Betty Haag, Yang Liu, and Desiree Ruhstrat.