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Emera Gurath is a 17 year old violinist currently in her Senior year of High School in the Arts Academy at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. Born in Wisconsin and raised from two years old in South Dakota, Emera began studying violin at the age of four with Maria Peters. For a brief time she took instruction from Dr. John Thomson, and for many years with Doosook Kim, concertmaster of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra in hometown Sioux Falls. Her instructor at the Interlochen Academy is orchestra conductor Ara Sarkissian.
Throughout her 13 years of violin study, she has had numerous opportunities to advance her love for orchestral, chamber, and solo music performance. She spent several summers as a scholarship student in the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. She also spent a summer studying chamber music at the Madeline Island Summer Arts Camp in northern Wisconsin. At a young age she was privileged to perform privately for renowned violinist Midori while in South Dakota.
Emera's musical experiences are many, including winning the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra competition, as well as winning the Young Musician's Concerto Competition, the prize being a solo performance of Mozart's 5th Violin Concerto with the South Dakota Symphony conducted by Maestro Delta David Gier. Her performance of Symphonie Espagnole won her a scholarship from the Schubert Club of Minneapolis, MN. She is also a winner in the Lucy Weed Palermo string competition based in Yankton, SD. Along the way she has participated in master classes with Jorja Fleezanis, Frank Huang, Elissa Lee Koljonen, Anita Chen, and the Ahn Trio.
At Interlochen her orchestra shared the stage with soloist Joshua Bell, as well as being under the direction of Jung Ho Pak. Before entering Interlochen she performed as a regular member of the Sioux City, Iowa, Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Ryan Haskins. In the summer of 2015 she auditioned and earned a place in the National Youth Orchestra of the USA. During their summer tour of seven cities in China including Beijing and Hong Kong, the NYO was under the direction of Maestro Charles Dutoit. In the summer of 2016, as the student concertmaster of her Interlochen Academy Orchestra, she was privileged to participate in the New York Philharmonic's Biennial, performing several premiere works in David Geffen Hall at New York's Lincoln Center. Now in her Senior year, Emera plans to pursue her love of violin performance and orchestral music at a college or conservatory.