Violist Kimberly Sparr is assistant principal of the Richmond (VA) Symphony and a faculty member of the College of William & Mary. Passionate about chamber music, Kimberly is a founding member and assistant director of the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Sparr holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University where she studied with Martha Katz. She received her Masters degree from the New England Conservatory with James Dunham and her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland under the guidance of Daniel Foster. While at NEC, she received the Gunther Schuller award and was on the roster for the Piatigorsky Foundation.
Before joining the Richmond Symphony, Kimberly performed with the National Symphony, Washington National Opera, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Dr. Sparr has participated in numerous summer festivals including Verbier, Sarasota, and Festival Mozaic, and was also a fellow at Aspen and Tanglewood. Kimberly has toured Europe and Asia with the Verbier Orchestra and National Symphony. She previously served on the faculty of the University of Maryland Baltimore County.