Originally from Great Barrington, Massachusetts, violinist Amelia Giles received her Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and her Masters of Music in both violin performance and chamber music from the University of Michigan. Her primary teachers have included Patinka Kopec, Aaron Berofsky, Kathryn Votapek and Alla Zernitskaya,
Since moving to Cleveland in 2011, Ms. Giles has won positions with the Canton Symphony and Akron Symphony. She is Associate Concertmaster of the Ashland Symphony and also performs with the Toledo Symphony, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Akron Baroque, the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, the Wheeling Symphony and the Erie Philharmonic. Amelia has collaborated with Joshua Bell, Pinchas Zukerman, Menahem Pressler, Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson Thomas, Andrè Watts, Wu Man and William Preucil in orchestral and chamber music settings.
Ms. Giles has attended Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, ME, ENCORE School for Strings, Meadowmount School of Music, Charles Castleman’s Quartet Program, Bowdion International Music Festival and Green Music Camp in Cummington, MA.
Apart from playing, Ms. Giles is a passionate violin teacher. Ms. Giles believes strongly in maintaining music programs in schools to enhance the lives of children through learning to appreciate and create music. Amelia maintains a teaching studio at Hathaway Brown and Baldwin Wallace.