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26 year-old American jazz violinist, songwriter and author Nora Francesca Germain has been playing the violin for over 20 years and performing professionally for the last decade. She studied at Idyllwild Arts Academy, The New School for Jazz, and University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. She currently lives in Los Angeles and performs regularly both in the United States and Europe. She has also performed with many of the world's greatest musical talents including Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Postmodern Jukebox, Sam Smith, Tommy Emmanuel CGP, John Altman, Alison Burns, Jacob Collier, and Martin Taylor MBE. In addition to playing on frequent recording sessions for film and television and for musical artists in a wide array of genres, she has also released seven of her own albums as well as an inspirational book. She performs and records original music as well as a lively selection of jazz repertoire that has won her the affection of music lovers around the world. She has volunteered performances for numerous charities and foundations in the United States and abroad including Children's Hospital Los Angeles where she was a weekly performer from 2014 to 2016. Nora was also invited by author Eckhart Tolle to perform at The Eckhart Tolle Foundation in 2016. www.noragermain.com
26 year-old 1/4 Catalan, 3/4 American violinist Nora Francesca Germain is an author, singer, jazz musician, bandleader and recording artist. She was the first ever violinist to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the renowned USC Thornton School of Music. An alumna of Idyllwild Arts Academy, the renowned boarding arts high school in southern California, Germain was given the "Inspirational Jazz Student" Award at age17 by her mentor and longtime colleague Marshall Hawkins, former bassist for Miles Davis and Shirley Horn. She was also the first jazz violin graduate of Idyllwild Arts Academy. Now often called an old soul, bright star or inspirational friend, Germain is among the most diverse young musicians in the world. Having played the violin for 23 years, she has performed alongside a wide variety of entertainers in every generation alive today.
Nora was introduced to music by her violinist parents and cellist grandmother who were all members of the Madison Symphony. Her maternal grandmother was also a musician, a pianist and singer from Barcelona, Spain, and Nora's two grandfathers were both intellectuals and academics who pursued careers in the sciences and teaching. Her mother later became a violin teacher and co-founded the Suzuki Strings of Madison classical violin school in the early 1990s which Nora attended as a child. Her father later became a violin luthier and restorer, and continues to work in Madison, Wisconsin. At age 10, Nora was already performing and improvising with professional bands and venturing outside of her classical training. During the 1990s and early 2000s, she performed year-round calendars of children's violin showcases and concerts with Suzuki Strings of Madison and often participated in violin masterclasses led by among others, violinists Mark O'Connor and Hilary Hahn.
She performed at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards with Sam Smith, and was in the same year a featured soloist with Marshall Hawkins' Seahawk Modern Jazz Orchestra. While studying at USC, she accompanied artists including Kristin Chenoweth, Glenn Frey of The Eagles, Barry Manilow and Arturo Sandoval and has since performed with Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Jacob Collier, Evan Christopher, Casey Abrams and John Altman. She has also appeared alongside several of the world's greatest guitar players including Martin Taylor MBE, John Etheridge (both former guitarists with Stephane Grappelli), Tommy Emmanuel CGP, and others. In 2014 she toured the United States as a soloist with Indian pop musician and film composer DSP, and she has also recorded as a soloist with a number of singers and solo artists including JMSN and Alan Paul of The Manhattan Transfer. She has been featured as a guest and co-host on Scott Cowie's Talk Music Podcast as well as ICMP's The Musical Life podcast and The Creative Life podcast with James Taylor and the Make Weird Music blog with Anthony Garone. In 2016 she was asked to perform for the Eckhart Tolle Foundation whose other presenters included Michael Bernard Beckwith, Marianne Williamson and Eckhart Tolle. Also in 2016, she was featured in a music video with Postmodern Jukebox performing the theme from Family Guy which has been viewed over a million times.
In addition to performing, Germain has also worked on numerous independent films, TV movies and music videos both on camera and in the recording studio, including projects for The Hallmark Channel, Disney Vacations, Drunk History, Glee, music videos for JMSN and KNOWER, and others. By age 26, she produced and released seven of her own jazz albums as well as an inspirational book, "Go For It ...Surviving the Challenges of Becoming an Artist," and appeared on over 100 albums and recordings.
From 2014-2016 she performed taking requests on a weekly basis for patients and families at Children's Hospital Los Angeles under the Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer Artist Program, and has performed for a number of charities and foundations since that time. Germain is an advocate for the arts and the sciences, and is a social and political activist. She has studied piano, several types of dance, emergency medicine, oceanography, environmental science, the Spanish language and Buddhism. Guitarist Martin Taylor described Germain as having a "very wise head on very young shoulders." It's no wonder that in an often-made comparison between Nora Germain and Stephane Grappelli, All About Jazz declared, "Jazz violin is alive and well." Who knows what will come next!