Kailbeth Chacín, violin



KAILBETH CHACIN, born in Caracas, Venezuela, is a passionate and dedicated musician who enjoys performing in baroque, symphonic, chamber music, and new music ensembles. She has appeared as soloist with several orchestras in Venezuela and the USA, such as the Orquesta Sinfónica Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho, Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Caracas, Orquesta Sinfónica de las Juventudes Larenses Pedro León Torres, Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Virtuosi de Caracas Chamber Orchestra, and most recently with the 2018 Music House International Symphony Orchestra, ensemble led by Kensho Watanabe, Assistant Conductor to the Philadelphia Orchestra and sharing the solo performance with violinist Marc Rovetti, Assistant Concertmaster to the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Ms. Chacin won third prize in the 2007 Juan Bautista Plaza National Violin Competition in Venezuela, first prize in the 2016 Shenandoah Conservatory Soloist Competition, Graduate Division, and that same year received the “Edwin Johonnott V Memorial Scholarship” from the Virginia String Teachers Association.

In 2017, Ms. Chacin received a Master of Music in Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory under the guidance of Akemi Takayama, former member of the Audubon Quartet. In addition to acting as a teaching assistant, she also served as Concertmaster and section leader of the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, leading sectionals and private coachings with undergraduate members of the orchestra.

As a music educator, Ms. Chacin has furthered the mission of the internationally acclaimed social music movement founded in Venezuela, “El Sistema,” and from 2006 to 2014, held a teaching position there as a violin instructor at the Emil Friedman Music Academy. In September 2017, Ms. Chacin joined the Teaching Artist faculty of the DC Youth Orchestra Program in Washington D.C., and in 2019 joins the Community Music Academy of the Piedmont as a violin teacher at the Powhatan School in Boyce, VA. She currently teaches violin privately in the Northern Virginia-Washington D.C. area. Parallel to her teaching activities, she performs often with chamber and symphony orchestras in the Northern Virginia, D.C. and Maryland areas, such as Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, National String Symphonia, Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Ms. Chacin is currently working toward her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance, at Shenandoah University. Important professors and mentors include Emil Friedman, Alfonso Lopez Chollet, Simon Gollo, Luis Miguel Gonzalez, Akemi Takayama, and Jan Wagner. She performs on a 1947 violin made by Italian luthier Paoli Luigi.