Hailed by the European Academy of Arts and Sciences as an “electrifying and virtuosic” performer with “exquisite taste and rare talent”, Canadian violinist, Preston Hawes is a laureate of the Concours de Musique Du Canada, the Andrews International Music Competitions, the Prix de Musique de Chambre à Fontainebleau, and recipient of the JC Van Hulsteyn award and Peabody Career Grant. He has been heard as a soloist in over 35 countries and in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Windsor Castle, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Moscow House of Culture, Thailand Cultural Center, and Plovdiv Symphony Hall. Earning a Masters of Music degree and the coveted Artist Diploma at Yale University, Hawes completed his studies earning a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Peabody Institute of Music. As a 16 year old he completed the Performers Associate of the Royal Conservatory diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto earning "First Class Honours with Distinction".
He has conducted in multiple internationally and nationally recognized venues including Strathmore, Salzburg Dom, Plovdiv Symphony Hall, and The Apollo Theater, Greece. Dr. Hawes has performed at numerous festivals including Taos Chamber Music Festival, Meadowmount, International String Workshops, and served on faculty at the InterHarmony International String Festival.
While maintaining a busy schedule concertizing, teaching, and adjudicating, Dr. Hawes is assistant professor of music and director of strings at Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, MD and is artistic director of the New England Symphonic Ensemble.