Alumni and Careers

Just as no two string players are the same, there is not just one career path open to Berklee string students. For a detailed look at the wide spectrum of careers that Berklee alumni pursue, explore Career Communities.

String Performance Alumni

Many Berklee alumni have gone on to successful string performance careers. Below, learn about a small sample of them.

  • Class of 1999
    Violinist; Composer; Singer

    Kishi Bashi '99 is a multitalented musician whose years at Berklee infused his music with cinematic lushness. He composes on violin, and sings and writes songs blending Japanese and English, and his performances include guitar, keyboard, vocal looping, and beatboxing. His solo albums, 151a and Lighght, demonstrated his versatility. On 2016's Sonderlust, he continued to showcase his talent, with NPR’s All Music Considered, descirbing the album as a rapturous mix of '70s soft rock, disco, and synth pop.

  • Class of 2003
    Cellist; Singer

    An eclectic, whimsical, inventive performer and personality, Rushad Eggleston is a cello player with a difference. Calling himself the Ambassador of Sneth and Wild Cello Goblin, Eggleston improvises in fiddle styles on the cello. Now touring the world—from Italy to Belgium and beyond—as a solo performer on cello, vocals, and kazoo, he wears a jester costume and sings in his own imaginary language.  

    A native of Carmel, California, he attended Berklee on a full scholarship after winning a competition.  

  • Class of 2011
    Bluegrass Singer; Mandolinist

    To some musicians, fame comes early. Then there’s the rest of your career. Sierra Hull '11, who was called to the Grand Old Opry stage as an 11-year-old to play the mandolin by international star Alison Krauss, is figuring out hers.

  • Class of 2003
    Jazz Violinist; Composer

    Mads Tolling’s path was set at age 14 when his father gave him a Miles Davis cassette. The native of Copenhagen, Denmark, so identified with the freedom and spirit of  ‘60s jazz that he set on a path to bend his instrument, the violin, to that music. At age 20 he came to the United States to Berklee College of Music to pursue jazz studies, graduating summa cum laude in 2003.

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