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EDWARD YOON KWON (Eddy Kwon) is a composer-performer, violinist/violist, and community-based teaching artist living in Cincinnati, Ohio. Eddy is a City of Cincinnati Art Ambassador Fellow, a Cincinnatus Presidential Scholar, and a 2016 United States Artists Ford Fellow.
Eddy serves as Artistic Director of Price Hill Will, a non-profit comprehensive community development corporation serving the diverse neighborhood of Price Hill, where Eddy also lives. As Artistic Director, Eddy leads Price Hill Will’s key arts programs: MYCincinnati, a tuition-free, daily youth orchestra program engaging 120 Price Hill youth; the Price Hill Creative Community Festival, a free, annual arts and neighborhood festival whose mission is to use collaborative performing arts as a tool to build more creative and inclusive communities; the Creative Action Residency, an immersive year-long artist residency with a central goal of identifying, engaging with, and ultimately transforming oppressive systems through collaborative action; and a community-curated performance series, which engages local, national, and international performing artists and supports the next generation of curators and presenters. These programs are active at the intersection of creative youth development, community engagement, and equitable neighborhood development, and present a different model for how community development organizations can use the arts as a tool for advancing equity.
As a composer-performer, Eddy works primarily in solo and small ensemble forms. Recent commissions include VIOLENCE, a performance work for electro-acoustic ensemble that explores structural violence in America, and a r c h i p e l a g o, a unison piece for electric string quartet experiencing extreme sensory deprivation (Contemporary Arts Center). As a violinist/violist and improviser, Eddy has worked with Roscoe Mitchell, Famoudou Don Moye, Akua Dixon, Napoleon Maddox, Tomeka Reid, Nicole Mitchell, and Jens Lekman. Eddy is currently recording and touring with the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the Tomeka Reid Stringtet, and co-creating a long-term interdisciplinary performance project with artist Senga Nengudi and Degenerate Art Ensemble.
Eddy was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Eddy identifies as non-binary and accepts all gender pronouns.