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Monique Mead

Artist Lecturer, Director of Music Entrepreneurship Studies

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Violinist, Monique Mead has garnered international acclaim as a performer and ambassador of classical music for audiences of all ages. Collaborating with artists such as Manfred Honeck, Sarah Chang, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Jon Kimura Parker, Leonidas Kavakos, and Lars Vogt as well as prominent athletes, Mead has educated audiences since 1997, creating thousands of new concertgoers annually for major orchestras in the United States and Europe. 

As a soloist, educator and presenter, Mead’s innovative youth and family concerts have been broadcast on German radio and television.  She has performed with and developed long-term programs for ensembles such as the Munich Radio Orchestra, Düsseldorf Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Cologne Philharmonic, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Choir of the Berlin Philharmonic, RIAS Chamber Choir, Mexican State Symphony, Krakow Radio Orchestra, Mainly Mozart Festival, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, and San Diego Symphony.

Endorsed by the American Consul General, Monique Mead was a featured speaker at the 2002 International Jeunesses Musicales Conference in Germany, and has also been a guest lecturer at universities in Stuttgart, Berlin, Munich, and San Diego.

Having graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University with Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in violin performance, Mead won a Fulbright Scholarship for chamber music study in Lübeck, Germany.  There she also performed on a television series with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra and toured Europe’s finest concert halls under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, whose influence as an articulate orator and mentor significantly shaped her musical path.  

Monique Mead has made recordings with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra and the Philharmonia Hungarica and has authored a CD titled “Mother Goose meets Father Bach,” featuring actor, Gregory Lehane and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.  

She currently spearheads special projects for Pittsburgh Symphony’s Music Director, Manfred Honeck, serves as an audience development consultant, teaches violin at the Carnegie Mellon Preparatory School, lectures for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh, and continues to concertize and present her programs internationally. 

Monique and her husband, Andrés Cárdenes also serve as Music Directors of the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, CO.

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