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“Prodigy is a big word to throw around. But in the case of our next guest, there may be no better description.”

90.9 KXJZ Capital Public Radio

“Go and find a video of Amaryn Olmeda of Loomis [CA] playing the violin on YouTube, and you will not be surprised that she has won so many competitions with her music. You might be surprised that it was in the junior division.”

Sacramento Bee

“[A] Bay Area violin prodigy”

San Francisco Chronicle

Winner of first prize and the audience choice award at the 24th Annual Sphinx Competition, violinist Amaryn Olmeda is a rising star sought after for her bold and expressive performances as a soloist and collaborator.

In the 2021/22 season, Olmeda debuted as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, Stockton Symphony, Auburn Symphony and Classical Tahoe Orchestra. She was also named the first member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) and Opus 3’s Artist Apprentice Program. In 2020, Olmeda was featured as the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra’s Debut Artist at their New Year’s Concert Series, which earned her a nomination for the San Francisco Classical Voice Audience Choice Awards.

In recent seasons, Olmeda performed as a soloist with the Music in the Mountains Orchestra, Merced Symphony, and Solano Symphony. She was also a featured musician at the McAllister Honors Recital at the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles and with the Sacramento Philharmonic and VITA Academy in the video production, “The Extraordinary Life of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.”

Olmeda was selected to be an NPR From the Top Fellow and appears on Show 404, which first aired in September 2021. She was named a Young Artist Soloist by the Seattle Symphony and received first prize in the Auburn Symphony Young Artists and Music in the Mountains Young Musicians competitions, as well as in the Classical Music Masters Competition at the Harris Center for the Performing Arts, the Pacific Musical Society Competition in San Francisco, the Merced Symphony Young Artist, Diablo Valley and Holy Names College Competition, the Solano Symphony Young Artist Competition, and the United States International Music Competition at Stanford University, among others.

Olmeda enjoys performing in school and community outreach events, including with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, Auburn Symphony, Oakland Symphony, and the Sacramento Youth Symphony. She has performed for numerous charity events including for the Habitat for Humanity Gala, Keaton Raphael Child Cancer Organization, From the Top’s Concert for Colorado Children’s Hospital through Seacrest Studios, and for the Sphinx Organization Songs for Seniors for AETNA Health.

Amaryn Olmeda is a pre-college student and a Joseph Chan Scholarship recipient at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying violin with Ian Swensen. She performs on an instrument made by J.B. Vuillaume in 1828 on generous loan from Florian Leonhard Fine Violins.

APRIL 2022