Nancy Kuo is an in-demand classically trained and improvising violinist, violist, and cellist originally from the Wild West. With over 30 years of professional performing experience, she is a graduate from Berklee College of Music is an active Los Angeles-based session musician, live performing artist, and sought after teacher. Nancy has toured the country with off Broadway musical 'Titanic' the San Francisco gypsy jazz group, 'The George Cole Quintet' and has collaborated with a myriad of talented artists for session work and live performances which include legends:
Linda Perry (Four Non Blondes)
James Williamson (Iggy and the Stooges)
Jello Biafra (The Dead Kennedeys)
Alison Mosshart (The Kills)
Roger Rocha (Four Non Blondes),
The Dears (Murray Lightburn)
Islands (also with Richard Reed Parry from Arcade Fire)
...and many other artists. See complete list.
Well versed in a multitude of genres, Nancy performs with jazz, pop, indie rock and world-fusion groups, is seen performing violin on celebrity wedding specials for the TLC network and plays regularly for film, sound tracks, musical theater and bands in Los Angeles. She is a member of American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, the American String Teacher's Association, and is a proud violin artist endorsee of L.R. Baggs DI and pickups, and cello artist endorsee of Shadow Electronics.
Notable television and film work includes recording violin and viola for music on a promo with the CMG orchestra for the 2019 Super Bowl, the newest Sims videogame (2017), and violin, viola, and cello for Netflick's Original Series "Chef's Table" (2014), recording violin for CW Network's 'Hart of Dixie' (2012), performing with Robbie Williams in “Go Gently” (2013), recording violin for the feature film, Planet World, and composing/performing original incidental music for the film debuting at Slamdance, “Holiday Road” (2011).
Notable venues in Los Angeles, she’s played include the Dolby Theater, the Skirball Cultural Center, Hollywood Forever Masonic Lodge, the Wilshire Ebell Theater, Noor, the Echoplex, Bootleg Theater, Dream Hotel, the Luxe Hotel, the Satellite, The Mint, and The Rose. She has recorded at Sony Pictures Scoring Stage, Eastwest Studios, Warner Brothers Eastwood Scoring Stage, The Evergreen Stage, and Tangent Recording Studios among many many other established studios.
When she is not performing, arranging, composing, or teaching with her boutique lesson studio, Leggy Fish Music Lessons, she is lending her talents to commercial work and has worked on commercials that include Facebook, LA Music Center, and nationally syndicated commercials for Fruit of the Loom, Hewlett Packard, WEtv, and BainUltra.
Nancy has a passion for music education. She is the head instructor and owner of Leggy Fish Music Lessons offering customized and quality in-home private and group lessons.
She currently performs with the CMG Orchestra (recording orchestra in Los Angeles) and StringsbyNancy (string ensembles specializing in weddings and special events) and contracts non union performances.
In addition to playing violin and viola at advanced levels, Nancy plays cello (intermediate), sitar (beginner), and mandolin (intermediate).
"It's hard to find a good studio musician let alone a great one. Nancy is that and a little bit more. Reliable, professional, and incredibly talented. The things I had her do would have made most people freeze up but not Nancy. She stepped to the challenge and then crushed it. Use this woman for your next studio session."
-Dane Diamond (indie songwriter/producer)
"Nancy's live violin added so much to the atmosphere! She was the picture of flexibility and did a fabulous job. We'll definitely keep her in mind for future events".
Joann P. Los Angeles
"Love love lessons with Nancy, she's the best. Been taking Adult Beginner Group Violin lessons since Summer 2013.
It's the first time I've ever picked up a violin and it's going well so far. She's such a great teacher and she keeps the lessons affordable. It's been a blast and I'm learning so much."-Victoria F. (adult learner) Los Angeles, CA
"I love that she incorporates improvisation and composition from the very beginning in a way that even a six-year-old can grasp and enjoy."
-Susan (mother of 6 year old learner)
"One of the best things about taking lessons with Nancy is that she makes them fun and interesting. I always wonder where the time went."
"Nancy did an excellent job. We had a solo violinist and it fit beautifully with our small and intimate outdoor ceremony. She is available to speak and meet with you if needed. The music selections can be customized to your liking, whether is it a classical selection or a contemporary selection. I highly recommend Nancy for any wedding or event!"
"Nancy was great! I proposed to my fiance on New Year's Eve, and as part of the surprise I wanted someone to play our song. Nancy was extremely helpful, professional, and thorough. She really cared about making sure all the details were right to make the proposal perfect. When the evening didn't go exactly as intended (my fault, not hers) she was flexible and helped come up with a new plan on the fly. The proposal was still perfect, and the song was absolutely beautiful! Thanks Nancy!"
"Very professional, accommodating and talented. Someone we will surely bring back again"
"Nancy is nothing short of outstanding. She went above above what was asked of her to make sure my best friend's proposal was amazing. Her talent and playing are excellent, her demeanor friendly, polite, and extremely professional."
"The lovely and extremely talented Nancy is to violin what Jimmy Page is to guitar."
Classical | Rock | Pop | Fiddle | World | Jazz | Electronic | Improvisation
Multi String Instrumentalist: Violin,Viola and Cello | String Arranging /Composition | Live Performance
Film and Commercial On set Coach | Music Instruction | Musician Contracting Specialist for all events!
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