Ann Marie Calhoun is an internationally acclaimed rock violinist, and an actress, composer, singer, and virtuoso of her instrument across many diverse genres of music. Her experience and unique ability have made her one of the most sought-after creative forces in the entertainment industry.
Ann Marie is currently playing violin in the band SuperHeavy, with Dave Stewart, Mick Jagger, Damian Marley, AR Rahman, and Joss Stone. Her extensive experience as a rock violinist also includes tours as a featured soloist with the legendary Ringo Starr, Yanni, Dave Stewart (Euthrymics), Jethro Tull , and Steve Vai. She has performed as a soloist at the Grammy awards with the Foo Fighters, performed with Bon Jovi at the White House for President Obama, and was featured in the Radio City Music Hall celebration of Nelson Mandela’s birthday. Her music collaborations also include The Dave Matthews Band, Hans Zimmer, Glen Ballard, Incubus, Aretha Franklin, Ben Harper, Widespread Panic, and many other acclaimed artists.
Several of her collaborations have resulted in award nominations. Her work with Steve Vai was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award in the category of Best Rock Band Performance and her work scoring and performing with Hans Zimmer in the movie “Sherlock Holmes” was nominated for a 2010 Academy Award.
Ann Marie’s acting career started when she was selected as a lead actress and official spokesperson for Tim Kring’s (creator of HEROES) newest multi-platform, charity-driven collaboration with Nokia. Her music was also featured in the project.
Ann Marie is currently managed by Dave Stewart’s “Weapons of Mass Entertainment” where she collaborates on many of his projects. She credits him with developing her as an artist and “kicking down doors” for her. His creativity and innovative way of connecting commerce with creativity has inspired Ann Marie to create businesses of her own, including a violin accessories line called “Baroque Bling” and a violin case line with TKL called “Viori".
Ann Marie began her formal studies of classical violin at the age of three, and earned a fellowship with the National Symphony Orchestra while she was still in high school. While she was winning prestigious awards in the classical community, she was also branching out in improvisational styles of music, including rock violin, bluegrass fiddle, jazz violin, and world music. Her love of music was also paralleled by a passion for science, and she double majored in music and biology at the University of Virginia, focusing on pre-medicine requirements. After graduation, she taught conceptual physics and chemistry at Woodberry Forest School (an all boys boarding school) before starting her professional music career.