Brianna Kahane Bio
Ten-year-old violinist Brianna Kahane — presently studying at The Juilliard School in New York City — has been playing the violin since the age of four, and what she has accomplished at her young age is truly breathtaking. Labeled a “prodigy” by The Washington Post among other national publications, Brianna was just named by Oprah Winfrey as one of the world’s most talented and amazing kids of all-time, was profiled on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric and performed as a special guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Brianna is also very honored to have been named Head of VH1 Save The Music Foundation’s Student Advocate Program as well as a celebrity ambassador for Childhelp.
With her photographic memory, amazing ear, perfect pitch and technical prowess far beyond her years, Brianna easily commits to memory and performs lengthy and complex violin pieces in a very short period of time. A born performer, Brianna relishes playing for audiences, the larger the better, and anyone who has ever seen her will attest that she doesn’t just play a piece — she performs it, bringing both passion and emotion to her music so it becomes vibrant and alive for her audiences.
Often bringing tears to people’s eyes, audiences attending Brianna’s performances revel in sheer delight. Brianna has amazed countless famous musicians and celebrities — including iconic violinists Itzhak Perlman, Ida Haendel and Joshua Bell, as well as celebrities and dignitaries including President Bill Clinton, and the incomparable composer himself, 15-time Grammy award winner David Foster, who hailed Brianna as “one of the next big talents.”
Brianna maintains an extensive repertoire of both classical and popular pieces, and is extremely passionate about using her talent to help others in any way she can. Considered one of the world's youngest philanthropists, Brianna is trying to heal the world, in her own words, “one song at a time.” She has donated her talent to help raise over eighteen (18) million dollars for charities that have touched her heart. To continue helping people with her music, Brianna has started her own foundation — The Brianna Kahane Charitable Foundation — with the aid of her parents. In Brianna’s words, "I love to play the violin because music touches the soul and can make the world a better place."
Also, Brianna is currently the youngest recipient of an instrument from the Stradivari Society in Chicago. She is playing a three-quarter-sized violin made by Antonio Gragnani of Livorno, Italy in 1790.
To learn more about Brianna, please visit her website at www.briannakahane.com.