“pure and shimmering tone”
American violinist, vocalist and arranger Audrey Hayes is a sought-after concert performer known for her “pure and shimmering tone”, “fiery playing” and “soulful musicianship.” As a violinist, she has been a featured, onstage soloist in multiple Broadway productions (Chicago, the Musical and A Christmas Carol) and has made guest appearances with the Litha Symphony, Island Symphony Orchestra, Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra and the New Tide Orquestra. Based in NYC, she has toured with classical ensembles such as Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Shattered Glass, Contemporaneous, and has performed extensively with a variety of artists at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, Beacon Theatre, Steinway Hall, the Met Gala and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Throughout her career, Ms. Hayes has been the recipient of multiple scholarships, grants and fellowships including the Donald E. Reade performance Scholarship from Manhattan School of Music Pre-College, the Nanovic International Travel Grant in her studies of Sibelius. Festival appearances include Kneisel Hall, Crested Butte Music Festival and many many more.
In addition to her performing career, she is a highly in-demand studio musician featured on the albums of Vulfpeck, Al Verdine (of the Beach Boys) and hip hop artist, Sir the Baptist, to name a few. As a vocalist, Ms. Hayes sings and writes her own music, has a performance duo with singer-songwriter, Gracie Terzian, and is a member of the acapella group, The New York Belles.
Ms. Hayes holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in philosophy and a degree in violin performance. Teachers include Stefan Jackiw, Tricia Park, Patinka Kopec, Liz Chang and Neil Semer (voice). Born into an artistic family, Ms. Hayes started playing the violin at the age of four and studied at Manhattan School of Music Pre-College in both violin performance and vocal performance. She plays a 2005 Andrea Castelliani violin.