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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.
Recent composition 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 intense sensory deprivation (Contemporary Arts Center). 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 is Director of MYCincinnati, a tuition-free, El Sistema-inspired youth orchestra program for children in the diverse Price Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati, where Eddy also lives. Currently engaging over 120 children for at least 2 hours every day after school, MYCincinnati’s mission is to use ensemble-based music education as a vehicle for youth development and community engagement. Eddy is the founder of MYCincinnati’s Ambassador Ensemble, a radical youth sextet committed to social justice, collective action through avant performance, and experimental collaborations. Eddy is also Founding Director of the Price Hill Creative Community Festival, a free arts and neighborhood festival that uses collaborative performing arts as a tool to build a more creative and inclusive community.
Eddy identifies as non-binary and accepts all gender pronouns.