Fourteen-year-old violinist Kaia Selden has received first prize in several competitions, including Cascades Music Foundation, Simon Fiset and Seattle Young Artists. She was a finalist at the 2018 Postacchini International Competition in Italy and received third prize at the 2019 Kocian International Competition in the Czech Republic.
Kaia has recently performed twice on NPR shows: "From the Top" with Christopher O’Riley in Las Vegas and "Tiny Desk Concerts" in Washington D.C. She made her concerto debut at ten and has since been featured as soloist with Philharmonia Northwest, Classical Tahoe Festival Orchestra, Northwest Symphony and Seattle Symphony. This season she will be performing with the Olympia Symphony and Kirkland Civic Symphony.
Kaia began violin lessons with Jan Coleman at seven, and is currently a student of Simon James. She has spent the past two summers at Center Stage Strings, University of Michigan. In addition to playing the violin, Kaia enjoys rock climbing, trigonometry, chamber music and reading Murakami.