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Eddy Kwon is a composer-performer and community-based teaching artist living in Cincinnati, Ohio. They are 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, a r c h i p e l a g o, a unison piece for electric string quartet experiencing intense sensory deprivation, and split, a piece written for half-violin and half-cello, performed on artist Jane Benson's hand made/deconstructed instruments (Contemporary Arts Center). Eddy has toured extensively throughout the US, performing solo or with The Happy Maladies, a string quartet with roots in American folk, experimental rock, and classical chamber music.
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 they also live. 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.