Finalist Series Concert II :: Carmen Fantasy
Violinist Amaryn Olmeda has been dazzling audiences with her bold and expressive performances across California and internationally in Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Recent honors include First Prize and Audience Choice Award at the 24th Annual Sphinx Competition, Juniors Division, and winner of the 2021 National Arts Club’s Herman and Mary Neuman Music Award. In 2020, Amaryn was featured as the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra’s Debut Artist at their New Year’s Concert Series in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Berkeley, California, which earned her a nomination for the San Francisco Classical Voice’s 2019-2020 Audience Choice Awards.
Amaryn has been a featured soloist with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Auburn Symphony, Music in the Mountains Orchestra, Merced Symphony, Solano Symphony, MIM Youth Orchestra, Sacramento Youth Symphony Academic Orchestra, and the Sacramento Youth Symphony Premier Orchestra. She has also been a featured musician at the McAllister Honors Recital at the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles.
The 2021-2022 concert season brings solo performances with the Classical Tahoe Orchestra, Stockton Symphony, Richmond Symphony, a collaboration with the VITA Academy and the Sacramento Philharmonic, and recitals in New York City, and San Francisco. Amaryn has also been invited as a full scholarship recipient to the prestigious Morningside Music Bridge Summer Music Institute at the New England Conservatory of Music.
In addition to the Sphinx Competition and the National Arts Club, Amaryn has been a first-prize winner in the Auburn Symphony Young Artists Competition, Music in the Mountains Young Musicians, Classical Music Masters at the Harris Center for the Performing Arts, Pacific Musical Society Competition in San Francisco, Sacramento Youth Symphony Academic Orchestra Concerto Competition, Regional and State Solo Competition of the American String Teachers Association, Merced Symphony Young Artist, Diablo Valley and Holy Names College, Solano Symphony Young Artist, and at the United States International Music Competition at Stanford University.
Amaryn enjoys bringing music to her community by performing in school tours with the Sacramento Youth Symphony, Auburn Symphony, and the Oakland Symphony. She is the featured soloist with the Sacramento Philharmonic and VITA Academy in a video production created for Sacramento elementary schools featuring music of composer Joseph Bologne. She has also performed at the Davis Community Church Weekly Luncheons for the Homeless, the Children for Children Showcase Concert to benefit Child Advocates of Nevada County, the Keaton Raphael Child Cancer Organization, as a soloist with the Sacramento Chamber Music Workshop nursing home tours, and at the End of Watch Benefit Concert, honoring fallen police officers of Sacramento.
In addition to being a soloist with orchestras, Amaryn loves playing chamber music, composing, painting, and gardening on her family’s hobby farm in Northern California. Amaryn is a Pre-College student and a Joseph Chan Scholarship recipient at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying violin with Ian Swensen. She also studies applied music theory with Hiro David in New York.
Amaryn performs on a fine Guarneri violin on loan by Bryan Campbell Fine Instruments and Bows in San Francisco.