Ava Shadmani was born in 1991 in Tehran, Iran. She began learning the violin at the age 11 studying at Tehran School of the Fine Arts where she received her High School Honors Diploma. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Tehran where she graduated in 2015. Ava is a former violinist of the Arvand String Quartet, an active chamber group in Iran that has appeared in several performances and recordings with the goal of bringing classical music into more accessible venues. In addition to being an active chamber musician she worked with some of the professional Iranian Orchestras such as Tehran Symphonic Orchestra, Parsian Chamber Orchestra, and Tehran Philharmonic Orchestra. As an Iranian woman with a deep passion for Persian culture and music, she began playing the Kamanche (an Iranian bowed string instrument)and has appeared in performances promoting the music of her country.
Ava moved to the United States in summer of 2016 to study Violin Performance under Professor David Salness at The University of Maryland. She received her Master’s degree from UMD in Spring of 2018 and was honored to be a recipient of the prestigious Smith Scholarship during her time there.