Willis Patterson Diversity Award
Malhar Kute is a violinist with a passion for chamber music, new music, and promoting diversity in classical music. He recently graduated from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Andrew Jennings and Fabiola Kim. His performances at Michigan have spanned from formal recital halls to tea shops toretirement homes, meaderies, art galleries, films and more. He has performed in U-M concert series including Collage, String Showcase and Student Composers Showcase. He has been a member of the Converge Quartet since 2017, performing numerous works by student composers and winning the Rosseels String Quartet Fellowship and the Binkow Grant. As a soloist, he has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, as well as several community orchestras in the Atlanta area. In the fall, Malhar will begin his PhD in materials science and engineering at Stanford University, with a focus on using computational methods to study electronic and energy materials with applications in climate-related problems. He plans to continue performing as a freelance musician in the Bay Area. In his free time, Malhar enjoys cooking, baking and playing video games.
Awarded the 2021 Willis Patterson Diversity Award
Featured in U-M Concert Series including Collage, Strings Showcase, 2021 MLK Symposium, and the Composer Showcase Series
Member of the Converge Quartet since 2017, a group dedicated to the serious study and frequent performance of works by U-M student composers
Winner of the Rosseels String Quartet Fellowship (2019 – 2020) and the Binkow Grant (2020) via Converge Quartet
Involved in materials science research with the Kioupakis Research Group