Amanda Markley is a violinist and orchestra teacher in Lexington, Kentucky. Originally from Mansfield, Ohio, Amanda graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors of Music Education in December 2012. She continued her studies at U.K. and graduated with her Master’s in Violin Performance in 2015. With the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Amanda got the opportunity to perform with guest artists such as Gil Shaham, Sarah Chang, Arlo Guthrie, and Itzhak Perlman, and has played in Master classes for violinists Arnaud Sussman and Maxim Brylinski. She attended Brevard Summer Music Festival in Summer 2010. While in graduate school, Amanda sat concertmaster alongside Joshua Bell’s performance of the Bruch violin concerto. She was a 2015 prizewinner of the UKSO Concerto Competition after her performance of the Mendelssohn violin concerto. Prior to attending UK, Amanda acted as associate, assistant concertmaster and concertmaster to the Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra (2003-2008). In 2007, she won the MSYO Concerto Competition. Additionally, Amanda participated in the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Festival and received 11 consecutive superiors in the Violin Solo category, and 8 consecutive superiors in the concerto category. Amanda has studied with Elva Newdome, Michael Davis, Margie Karp, and Dan Mason.