Adriana’s Bio


After picking up the violin at the age of five, Adriana attended Denver School of the Arts as a member of their orchestra, jazz band and mariachi band, and played with the Denver Young Artist Orchestra and the Colorado Sinfonia.

When she turned 18, Adriana headed east to New York City, where she’s currently based, to study with Burton Kaplan at Queens College. Living in New York has fostered her love of music, culture, travel, and motorcycles, and inspired adventures to far-off lands from Lebanon to Austria. In 2011, she trekked to the remote reaches of Romania to hunt down a Stroh violin—a violin missing its wooden body that projects its sound through a horn—capturing the entire adventure on film.

Professionally she got her start arranging jazz standards for big bands, and more recently she arranged and recorded string parts for Jim James of My Morning Jacket, and Midnight Masses. She’s performed with a variety of musicians, from Santigold (opening for Björk at Madison Square Garden) to the Mexican rock band, Maná.

Adriana is currently composing and choreographing pieces for her electro-disco string band, Dirty Dawn, and taking classes on Baroque violin alongside Raymond Erickson and Cynthia Roberts. She hopes to continue collaborating with other musicians—at home and abroad—and to connect with the cultures and people behind the music.

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