Praised by the New York Times for her “probing introspection”, and by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “a star” with “a voluptuous tone,” Ms. Powell is the recipient of a Gold Award in Music from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and since 2018 has held the position of Principal Viola of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
In addition to her pursuits as a violist, Ms. Powell is passionate about using music to engage communities from diverse backgrounds in order to strengthen social ties, as well as to raise awareness for humanitarian efforts across the world. Ms. Powell has collaborated with the Medair organization (relief.medair.org), which helps people who are suffering in remote and devastated communities around the world survive crisis, recover with dignity, and develop skills to build a better future.
Ms. Powell began her musical studies in Madison, Wisconsin with Eugene Purdue and Sally Chisholm. She is a graduate of the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin, the Juilliard School, and the Curtis Institute of Music, and studied with Máté Szűcs, Misha Amory, and Roberto Diaz. She plays on a copy of the Primrose Guarneri by Samuel Zygmuntowicz.