A native of Chicago, violinist Aimée Kreston spent her formative years studying with renowned pedagogue Almita Vamos. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music (Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance) where she studied with Jascha Brodsky, Yumi Ninomiya, and Felix Galamir and then continued her studies with the legendary concertmaster Michel Schwalbe. And she received her Master of Music from the University of Minnesota.
In 1989 Ms. Kreston became the youngest member of the Minnesota Orchestra and a year later won their Principal Second Violin position. From 1993-1997 she served as Concertmaster of L’Orchestre de Paris; the only American in the ensemble. She has been privileged to work with some of the world’s greatest conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Sergiu Celibidache, Carlo Maria Guilini, Gorg Solti, Wolfgang Sawallisch, James Conlon, and Pierre Boulez.
After moving to Los Angeles in 1998, Ms. Kreston joined the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra as Concertmaster, and in June of 2000, she was engaged as Concertmaster of the Pasadena Symphony.
Ms. Kreston was a prizewinner of the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition in Sion, Switzerland in 1989 and at the WAMSO Young Artist’s Competition in Minneapolis in 1988.
A committed teacher, Ms. Kreston has been a prime mover of Project Harmony, a program designed to bring high quality, low-cost musical training to disadvantaged children in Los Angeles. In 2002, she traveled to Cambodia where she conducted teacher training at the Phnom Penh Conservatory. She is also Executive Director of the Sierra Summer Festival in Mammoth Lakes, CA and on faculty at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts and an Artist-Teacher at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.
Ms. Kreston is married to violist Andrew Picken.