Preston Hawes



Education Profile:

DMA, Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University
MM, Yale University
Artist Diploma, Yale University
BM, Columbia Union College
Associate Performer of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto


Hailed by the European Academy of Arts and Sciences as an “electrifying and virtuosic” performer with “exquisite taste and rare talent”, Canadian violinist, Preston Hawes is a laureate of the Concours de Musique Du Canada, the Andrews International Music Competitions, the Prix de Musique de Chambre à Fontainebleau, and recipient of the JC Van Hulsteyn award and Peabody Career Grant. He has been heard as a soloist in over 35 countries and in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and Plovdiv Symphony Hall as well as having served on the faculty of the InterHarmony International Music Festival, Chamber Music of the Rockies, and performed at Taos Chamber Music Festival, Meadowmount, and Crested Butte Music Festival, among others. Preston is a professor of music and director of strings and orchestral studies at Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, MD and artistic director of the New England Symphonic Ensemble, NYC.

Professional Activities:

ASTA-MSMTA Solo Strings Festival, co-chair
Shurniak Concerto Competition 2018, adjudicator
YMIC Concert Artists International 2017, adjudicator
Calgary Performing Arts Festival 2016, adjudicator
Saskatchewan Music Festival Association – 2013 Provincial, adjudicator

In Print:

Spectrum Magazine
Adventist Review
Washington Post  
Assistant principal 2nd Violin, BCO Naxos recording with Victoria Chiang