Kimberly Hankins is a violist and studio musician currently based in the Greater Phoenix Area. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Germany, Luxembourg, and Iceland. She has a Performance Diploma and Masters of Music from Indiana University where she studied with Stephen Wyrczynski, Edward Gazouleas, and Masumi Per Rostad. Kimberly also holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Arizona where she studied with Hong-Mei Xiao.
In 2010 she appeared in Reykjavik, Iceland as a soloist at Tónlistarhátíð unga fólksins, “The Young People’s Music Festival.” In 2012, she was a participant in the National Orchestral Institute where she worked closely with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Kimberly has also performed immensely as a pit musician, having performed in over 40 opera productions, several ballet performances, as well as silent films. She was one of two violists involved in the premiere of a new orchestral score by Neil Brand, which was written and performed to Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail as an event for the IU Cinema in 2015. Most recently, Kimberly performed in the premier of reconstructed film music by Alberto Ginastera.
Kimberly is currently working towards a Doctorate of Musical Arts at Arizona State University, as a member of Nancy Buck's studio. She is also a member of the prestigious Herberger String Quartet.