Born in Aspen, Kayvon Coffey saw his first 1/16th size violin at age 4 at the Snowmass Suzuki Institute and promptly declared, “I want a tiny violin!” Today, Kayvon is a junior at Kent Denver School and a member of Denver Young Artists Orchestra. He studies violin with Claude Sim, Associate Concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. After moving to Boulder at age 6 he got his wish and began studying with Boulder Suzuki Strings, then with Jennifer John, Faculty Emeritus of the Aspen Music Festival and School and Violin Professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Kayvon studied in Aspen for four summers, the first at age 10, and most recently in 2011 with Cornelia Heard of Vanderbilt University, and as a member of the AMFS Concert Orchestra. He will return to Aspen for the summer of 2012. Kayvon earned his first AMFS Spotlight Recital in 2007 at the age of 12, won Third Prize in the Boulder Stars of Tomorrow Classical Competition the same year, and won the Concerto Competition of the DYAO Conservatory the next year at age 13. Kayvon joined DYAO in 2009, was a member of the Western States Honors Orchestra in 2011, and the Colorado All-State Orchestra in 2011 and 2012. He performed as a soloist most recently with the Littleton Symphony Orchestra in December of 2011, and will do so again in May of 2012 as the winner of Colorado’s Symphony in the Valley Concerto Competition. At Kent Denver School Kayvon is on the Head Of School’s List of students with GPAs of 4.0 or higher.