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Nora Francesca Germain

Jazz violinist Nora Francesca Germain is the first ever violinist to graduate with a BA in Jazz Studies at the renowned USC Thornton School of Music. An alumna of the prestigious Idyllwild Arts Academy High School in southern California, Germain was awarded the “Inspirational Jazz Student” Award in 2009 by her longtime mentor and fellow collaborator Marshall Hawkins, former bassist for Miles Davis and Shirley Horn. She was also the first jazz violin graduate of Idyllwild Arts Academy. Her parents and grandmother were all strings players (two were violinists, one a cellist) in the Madison Symphony. Introduced to the violin at age 2, Germain was raised in Madison, Wisconsin as a classical violinist. At age 10, she was already sitting in with professional bands and venturing outside of her classical training.

Now often called a huge talent, old soul, bright star of inspirational friend, Germain is one of the most diverse violinists on the scene. She has performed as a featured soloist with the Seahawk Modern Jazz Orchestra, whose guests have included Gilbert Castellanos, Evan Christopher, and Richie Cole. She has also collaborated with Alan Paul of The Manhattan Transfer, American Idol Season 10 finalist Casey Abrams, and 222 Records artist Rozzi Crane.

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