Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth
Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth is a violinist, vocalist, and composer based in Los Angeles. Her diverse musical interests expand beyond her classical background to include Eastern European folk, Arabic, Americana, experimental contemporary music, improvisation, and songwriting.
As a violinist, Yvette has enjoyed working with many independent artists— including Kamasi Washington, Van Dyke Parks, Gaby Moreno, Brandon Coleman, Carmen Cusack, Rade Šerbedžija, Tamara Obrovac, Dent May, Anenon, Rain Phoenix, among others. She has toured internationally (Egypt, Abu Dhabi, Oman) with LA-based Arabic orchestra MESTO. She performs internationally as part of a duo with guitarist Miroslav Tadić. She is also a founding member of the non-traditional performer-composer collective: Desert Quill Quartet. Residing in Los Angeles, she has recorded on numerous film scores as well as appeared on camera in film, TV, and commercial work.
As a composer, her works have been performed by SF Civic Orchestra, Bay Area’s Awesöme Orchestra, CalArts Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and the Desert Quill Quartet. She has designed sound for theatre productions such as Antigonick and How Little I Know (original work) produced by the Scatterstate Theater in San Jose, CA; collaborated with choreographers at Heidi Duckler Dance Theater; co-written pieces with poets; and worked with filmmakers on creating musical scores for diverse film and video projects. In 2013, she self-released an EP of original work under the moniker Yvette Cornelia called Open It Up.
Yvette leads and performs in her genre-bending 9-piece group for which she composes and arranges. This ensemble has been featured at the Troubadour, CalArts New Works Festival, and the Last Bookstore in downtown LA. Their work explores the cracks between chamber music, folk, jazz, and popular music. Her new album is ready for release this spring.
Yvette curates an adventurous monthly chamber music series called Hear Sunday in collaboration with the arts nonprofit Clockshop in Frogtown, Los Angeles. She holds an M.F.A. in Performance and Composition from the California Institute of the Arts and a Bachelor’s in American Literature from UCLA.