Amaryn Olmeda, violin

Amaryn Olmeda

Violinist Amaryn Olmeda has been dazzling audiences with her bold and expressive performances across California and internationally in Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. In 2021 Amaryn was awarded first prize and the audience choice award at the 24th Annual Sphinx Competition, Juniors Division, and was selected to be an NPR From the Top Fellow with an appearance on the show in the fall of 2021. In 2020 Amaryn was featured as the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra’s Debut Artist at their New Year’s Concert Series in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Berkeley, which earned her a nomination for the San Francisco Classical Voice Audience Choice Awards.

Amaryn has been a featured soloist with the Classical Tahoe Orchestra, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Auburn Symphony, Music in the Mountains Orchestra, Merced Symphony, Solano Symphony, MIM Youth Orchestra, Sacramento Youth Symphony Academic Orchestra, and the Sacramento Youth Symphony Premier Orchestra. She has also been a featured musician at the McAllister Honors Recital at the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles.

The 2021–22 concert season brings performances with the Stockton Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, and Auburn Symphony, and recitals in New York City and San Francisco. Amaryn has also been invited as a full-scholarship recipient to the prestigious Morningside Music Bridge Summer Music Institute at the New England Conservatory of Music.

In addition to the Sphinx Competition, Amaryn won first prize in both the Auburn Symphony Young Artists and Music in the Mountains Young Musicians Competitions, as well as the Classical Music Masters Competition at the Harris Center for the Performing Arts, the Pacific Musical Society Competition in San Francisco, and the Sacramento Youth Symphony Academic Orchestra Concerto Competition. She was also the first-prize winner of the Regional and State Solo Competition of the American String Teachers Association; the Merced Symphony Young Artist, Diablo Valley and Holy Names College, and Solano Symphony Young Artist Competitions; and the United States International Music Competition at Stanford University.

Amaryn enjoys bringing music to her community by performing in school tours with the Sacramento Youth Symphony, Auburn Symphony, and the Oakland Symphony. She is the featured soloist with the Sacramento Philharmonic and VITA Academy in a video production created for Sacramento elementary schools featuring music of composer Joseph Bologne. She has performed as a soloist with orchestras for hundreds of her peers in Northern California. She has also performed at the Davis Community Church Weekly Luncheons for the Homeless, the Children for Children Showcase Concert to benefit Child Advocates of Nevada County, the Keaton Raphael Child Cancer Organization, as a soloist with the Sacramento Chamber Music Workshop nursing home tours, and at the End of Watch Benefit Concert, honoring fallen police officers of Sacramento.

In addition to being a soloist with orchestras, Amaryn loves playing chamber music, composing, painting, and gardening on her family’s hobby farm in Northern California. Amaryn is a Pre‑College student and a Joseph Chan Scholarship recipient at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying violin with Ian Swensen. She also studies applied music theory with Hiro David in New York.

For her Stockton Symphony concerts, Amaryn will perform on a violin made by Pietro and Giuseppe Guarneri, c. 1710, on loan by Bryan Campbell Fine Bows & Instruments in San Francisco.