Black Violin

Classical violin meets hip-hop, funk, R&B, pop and rock

To most people, classical, hip-hop, funk and R&B are musical genres. But to revolutionary music group Black Violin, they’re ingredients for a sound like no other. Comprising classically trained violist and violinist Wil B. and Kev Marcus, Black Violin combines their classical training and hip-hop influences to create a distinctive multi-genre sound that is often described as “classical boom.” The group has shared stages with top artists, including Kanye West, Aerosmith and Tom Petty, and they have creatively collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys. With their high-energy performances and inspiring dedication to educational outreach, the Lied Center is thrilled to bring back this crowd favorite and IMPACT Award recipient.

“Black Violin upends cultural and musical stereotypes…an unexpected blend of classically trained musicianship and hip-hop beats and inventiveness.” – The Miami Herald

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Lawrence High and Free State High School students will perform during a portion of the show with the music group.

Student Performers

  • Lawrence High students

    • Lisa Yang, Violin I
    • Anna Marburger, Violin I
    • Donnavan Dillon, Violin I
    • Anoosha Redd, Violin II
    • Felix Guo, Violin II
    • Emma Parsons, Violin II
    • Isaac Seybold, Viola
    • Julia Rossillon, Viola
    • Rose Hicks, Viola
    • Joohye Oh, Viola
    • Ella Williams, Cello
    • Gabriel Kennedy Orive, Cello
    • Sophia Ousdahl, Cello
    • Emmeline Schneider, Bass
  • Free State students

    • Alina Matejkowski, Violin I
    • Micah Steele, Violin I
    • Chloe Frazier, Violin I
    • Julia Lin, Violin II
    • Sofia Lefort, Violin II
    • Maura Shire, Violin II
    • Alli Pittman, Viola
    • Terry Mechem, Viola
    • Dingding Ye, Viola
    • Alex Chavez, Cello
    • Jake Chun, Cello
    • Morgan Kimuri, Cello
    • Makayla Atherton, Cello
    • Elijah Ditto, Bass