A native of Davis, California, violist Zoe Kemmerling holds degrees in performance and creative writing from the Boston Conservatory and UC Davis, studying with Lenny Matczynski, Patricia McCarty, and Ellen Ruth Rose. Her musical travels have taken her from the Adriatic coast of Italy to the Pacific coast of British Columbia; recent New England residencies include Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in New Hampshire and the Tanglewood Music Center, where she was the 2012 Publications Fellow.
Zoe enjoys wearing multiple performing hats: she appears regularly as an orchestral and chamber musician, on baroque violin with period ensembles, and in premieres of her colleagues’ compositions. A strong supporter of spreading string education far and wide, she works with young string players in community programs in Chelsea, Lawrence, and Mattapan. As a freelance writer, she specializes in program notes and regularly contributes reviews and articles to the online journal The Boston Musical Intelligencer.