Realist Acoustic Transducer Artists: Ann Marie Calhoun

Ann Marie Calhoun is an internationally acclaimed rock violinist and a master of her instrument in many diverse genres of music. Her extensive experience as a rock violinist includes a world tour with the legendary Jethro Tull as a featured guest and a world tour with virtuosic guitar player Steve Vai as a member of his String Theories band. Ann Marie’s violin playing has also been featured in tours with Ringo Starr and Dave Stewart (Euythmics). She performed at the 2008 Grammy’s as a soloist with the Foo Fighters. Additionally, she has performed/worked with Mick Jagger, Jon Bon Jovi, The Dave Matthews Band, Widespread Panic, Damien Marley, Switchfoot, Colbie Callait, Joss Stone, and many other acclaimed artists.

Ann Marie’s unique background and training has made her one of the most sought-after violinists in the industry. Her classical technique and discipline are balanced with a rare ability to improvise and groove in other genres of music.

She began her formal studies of classical violin at the age of three, and earned a fellowship with the National Symphony Orchestra while she was still in high school. While Ann Marie was winning prestigious awards in the classical community, she was also branching out in improvisational styles of music, including bluegrass fiddle, jazz violin, and rock violin. She also studied world music through a tour with “Kantara” (an Arab-Appalachain fusion band), and by being a featured soloist with “Yanni” during his live Acapulco performances to be aired by PBS in spring of 2009.