Kevonna Shuford is a young, vibrant, enthusiastic violist who has a passion for learning and seeks new opportunities to grow and challenge herself. Her passion has led her to perform abroad in Amsterdam, Prague, Copenhagen and Montpellier. Backed by a diligent spirit, she was named first prize winner of the FMEA Chamber Music Competition, second Prize Winner of the Gershwin International Young Artist Competition and a previous semi-finalist of the Sphinx Competition. With a zeal for ensemble work, Kevonna was sponsored by Carnegie Hall to work with soloist and chamber musician, Janine Jansen. Other chamber music endeavors include attending ENCORE Chamber Music and the Meadowmount School of Music. As an orchestral musician, Kevonna has had the opportunity to attend the New York String Orchestra Seminar and the National Youth Orchestra (USA), and had worked with artists such as Danis Matsuev, Emanuel Ax, Jinjoo Cho, Jaime Laredo, Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach, Kim Kashkashian, Jupiter String Quartet, Paul Katz, Dimitri Murrath, and Clive Greensmith.
In addition to pursuing her studies, Kevonna believes in the importance of outreach and encouraging the next generation of musicians. In high school, she founded a string program for inner-city youth at the Faith’s Center for Arts Education. A Community Performance and Partnership fellow at the New England Conservatory, Kevonna engages with Boston youth by sharing her talents with local grade schools. She also gives back to her community by serving alongside Kim Kashkashian as a Core Concert Manager of Music For Food. Kevonna is currently a student at the New England Conservatory pursing a Bachelors degree in Viola Performance. She plays on an instrument on loan from the Virtu Foundation.