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Violinist Talia Pavia has toured internationally as part of the Zeister Muziekdagen Chamber Music Festival in the Netherlands, as well as festivals in the Czech Republic, France, and Italy. Her chamber music performance at the Green Lake Festival of Music was praised as “remarkably sensitive and mature” by John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune. Pavia’s studio work includes performances on Orbert Davis’ Emmy Award-winning soundtrack to the documentary “DuSable to Obama: Chicago’s Black Metropolis”. She studied with Shmuel Ashkenasi and Mathias Tacke of the Grammy-nominated Vermeer Quartet and trained in one of the world’s premier string quartet programs under the auspices of the Vermeer.

A versatile artist, Talia performs and records with classical, jazz, and pop ensembles such as Camerata Chicago, an ensemble with whom she has toured Europe as Associate Principal Second Violin in 2013 and won a place on the Minnesota Orchestra’s substitute list. She has played under the baton of conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Pinchas Zukerman, and Pierre Boulez as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Talia has appeared as a soloist on NPR’s program “From the Top,” as a guest of the Harold Washington Library’s Women in Music Series, and most recently, she was featured as a soloist with orchestra at Triton College.

Pavia was the Concertmaster of Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic/Chamber Ensemble for years, playing on stage with renowned jazz artists including Howard Levy, Zach Brock, Kurt Elling, Dee Alexander, and MacArthur Genius Award winner Reginald Robinson. Talia’s experience in chamber music and world music includes additional appearances with Alan Vizzutti, Mark O’Connor, and with Rana Santacruz at the Chicago World Music Festival.