Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth is a violinist, vocalist, and composer based in Los Angeles.
Raised in the SF Bay Area, Yvette began her classical training on violin at the age of three. She has greatly expanded her range of styles to include Hungarian and Balkan folk, Arabic, Americana, experimental contemporary music, improvisation, and songwriting. She holds an M.F.A. in Performance and Composition from the California Institute of the Arts and a B.A. in American Literature from UCLA.
As a violinist, Yvette has performed with orchestras in prestigious venues from Walt Disney Concert Hall to the Royal Opera House in Oman. She has enjoyed playing violin for many independent artists, singer-songwriters, bands, film scores, and new music composers — including Kamasi Washington, Van Dyke Parks, MESTO, Anenon, Dent May, Ana Caravelle, RYAT, Owl Country, venus-jupiter, and more. She currently performs in a duo House of Many Windows with guitarist Miroslav Tadić playing Balkan music and their original compositions and improvisations.
As a composer, her works have been performed by SF Civic Orchestra, Bay Area’s Awesöme Orchestra, CalArts Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and the Desert Quill Quartet. She has designed sound for theatre productions such as Antigonick and How Little I Know (original work) produced by the Scatterstate Theater in San Jose, CA; collaborated with dancers from Heidi Duckler Dance Theater; and co-written pieces with poets and spoken word artists.
Yvette leads her own 9-piece chamber pop and storytelling group Yvette Cornelia & the Treehouse for which she arranges her original music. Her ensemble has been featured at the Troubadour and CalArts New Works Festival and is currently working on an album. Her earlier songs can be heard on her 2013 EP release Open It Up.