Mwakudua waNgure grew up in Fort Myers, Florida, where he started violin at the age of four through the Suzuki method. He continued to study violin throughout his childhood and graduated from high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Mwakudua attended the Oberlin Conservatory where he earned his BM in Violin Performance and studied with David Bowlin. Mwakudua went on to earn his MM in violin performance at the University of Michigan where he studied under Aaron Berofsky and Kathryn Votapek. Currently Mwakudua studies with Timothy Lees at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he is a diversity fellow and working on an Artist Diploma.
As a student Mwakudua has attended festivals such as the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Summer Intensive. As a professional Mwakudua has performed as a member of the various groups in the midwest such as the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Jackson Symphony Orchestra and the Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival Orchestra. He also served as a violin instructor at Scarlett Middle School and Mitchell Elementary School in Ann Arbor. In his free time, Mwakudua enjoys watching shows, listening to podcasts, and cooking.
You can enjoy Mwakudua perfoming on the Music Hall stage at the following concerts:
October 19 - Aoife O'Donovan
January 21-23 - Cirque Goes Broadway
January 26 - Young People's Concert: Prima La Musica
February 4-6 - Music of John Williams
February 9 - CSO/CSYO Side-by-Side Concert
March 4-5 - Canellakis & Elgar Concerto
April 8-9 - Bronfman & La Mer
April 22 - Classical Roots
May 6-8 - Connesson Premiere & Rachmaninoff