19-year old violinist Kiarra Saito-Beckman hails from Bend, Oregon. After attending the Heifetz Institute for the first time in 2018, she is currently in year senior year at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studies with the world-renowned pedagogue Jaime Laredo and Heifetz faculty member Jan Mark Sloman, former associate concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Kiarra has won numerous awards and competitions. She is a prize-winner in the 2017 Cooper International Violin Competition. In May of 2016 she was a semi-finalist in the Stulberg International String Competition. She placed first in the 2015 National Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Senior Strings Competition, held in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2014, Kiarra was named the PepsiCo National Young Artist of the Year as the first-prize winner of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s National Young Artist Competition in South Carolina.
Kiarra has appeared as a guest soloist with the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Arlington, Garland Symphony, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra, and an orchestra composed of members of the Oregon Symphony and the Oregon Ballet Theater Orchestra. She has twice been featured as a guest soloist with the Central Oregon Symphony. Upcoming engagements include performances of John Corigliano’s “Chaconne” from The Red Violin in February of 2019 and the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Arlington, and Garland Symphony in 2020.
In the fall of 2014, Kiarra was invited to Washington DC to perform Franz Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy on the NPR program From the Top. She has also been a featured performer on the Oregon Public Broadcasting radio program State of Wonder, as well as on All Classical KBPS in Portland, and Cleveland’s WCLVS. She is a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, and an eight-time recipient of the Young Artist Scholarship provided by the Sunriver Music Festival.
In addition to the Heifetz Institute, Kiarra has attended the Meadowmount School of Music, and the National Arts Centre Young Artist Program in Ottawa, Canada. She has performed in solo master classes with Arnold Steinhardt, Cho-Liang Lin, Joseph Silverstein, Jennifer Koh, Ivan Zenaty, Haik Kazazyan and Tong Wei-Dong, as well as in chamber music master classes with the Cavani String Quartet, Ronald Copes, Phillip Ying, David Ying, Paul Watkins, and Heifetz faculty member Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet.