Michiko Theurer

Michiko Theurer

Instructor, Why Music Matters

M.M. in Violin Performance, Indiana University
D.M.A. in Violin Performance, University of Colorado at Boulder

Michiko Theurer is an interdisciplinary performing artist and scholar with experience in contemporary and classical violin, intermedia installation and composition, visual arts, and creative research. She holds an MM and DMA in violin performance (Indiana University, University of Colorado at Boulder) and is currently a PhD candidate in musicology at Stanford University. She has performed and collaborated with artists from Eighth Blackbird, the Takács Quartet, the Pacifica Quartet, So Percussion, and is a founding member of the interdisciplinary fff ensemble. Opera News described her interwoven paintings and video for ARCHITECT, an opera based on the life and work of architect Louis Kahn, as “convincingly evocative of architectural thought and creativity in general.” Her scholarship, which ranges from research on the sketches for Beethoven’s string quartets (Journal of Musicological Research) to explorations of breath and friction in live performance (Unveiling, Banff Centre for the Arts), draws on creative literary and artistic media to facilitate musical connections. A passionate educator and conversation-weaver, she has served as a moderator for the SF Symphony’s Prelude series and given master classes and public outreach performances through the Boulder Bach Festival and Colorado Chamber Orchestra Academy.


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