Violinist Karen Ximena Cueva graduated from Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Massachusetts, where she was a student of Dr. James Buswell at New England Conservatory's Preparatory School. She was a member of the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro Benjamin Zander.
Studying violin from age four, she has won competitions and awards, including a Certificate Commendation from the US Marine Corps for her service of musical contribution to the veterans of the armed forces at the Navy Hospital and Veterans Medical Center, and for devoting her extra time to the senior citizens of the Fairfax County community in Virginia.
In 2006, Karen was accepted as a member of the National Symphony Orchestra's Youth Fellowship Program where she studied under NSO violinist Linda Schroeder. During the summers of 2007 and 2008, Karen attended the National Symphony Orchestra's Summer Music Institute on full scholarship. Karen has been a member of the American Youth Philharmonic, the Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra and NSO's Youth Orchestra. She has studied with Dr. James Buswell, Peter Zazofsky, Linda Schroeder and Leonid Sushansky, among others.
Karen has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts, the Millennium Stage, the Strathmore Center for the Arts, the D.A.R. Constitution Hall, Jordan Hall, Carnegie Hall and before the U.S. Congress on Capital Hill under the direction of Maestros Benjamin Zander, Emil de Cou, Elizabeth Schulz and Norman Scribner.
In 2009, Karen became a recipient of the Jack Kent Cook Young Artist Award, one of the largest and most competitive scholarship programs for young musicians in the nation. She joined the Boston Crew, the newest From The Top's reach out program, connecting with new audiences and visiting inner-city schools in Boston. She continues her studies at The Juilliard School, where she is working toward a degree in Violin Performance.
Karen plays on Douglas Cox's violin #598, styled after the "Leduc" violin of Joseph Guarneri del Gesù.