Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth is a violinist, vocalist, composer, and music educator based in Los Angeles. Expanding beyond her Western classical background, her diverse musical interests delve into Eastern European folk, Arabic, Americana, experimental sound-making, jazz and improvised music.
As a violinist, Yvette performs and records with many independent artists — including Kamasi Washington, Van Dyke Parks, Gaby Moreno, Brandon Coleman, among many others. She regularly performs in Eastern Europe as part of a duo with guitarist Miroslav Tadić. Together, they blend Balkan folkloric music with improvisations from a wide range of styles. Since 2007, she has toured internationally (Egypt, Abu Dhabi, Oman) with Arabic orchestra MESTO. She is also a founding member of the performer-composer collective: Desert Quill Quartet.
Residing in Los Angeles, she records on numerous film scores as well as appears on camera in film, TV, and commercial work. Her solo viola work can be heard in "Patriot" Season 2 (Amazon Prime) and "Perpetual Grace" (Epix). Other credits include "Glee" (FOX), "The Good Place" (NBC), "Veep" (HBO), and "Arrested Development" (FOX).
As a composer, her works have been performed by SF Civic Orchestra, Bay Area’s Awesöme Orchestra, CalArts Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and Desert Quill Quartet. She highly enjoys interdisciplinary work and designs sound for theatre productions (Antigonick and How Little I Know by Scatterstate Theater in San Jose, CA), collaborates with choreographers (Heidi Duckler Dance Theater) and visual artists (Dean Liao, NOH/WAVE), and scores projects for filmmakers and animators. She also acts, plays violin, and sings in stage productions with LA-based theater companies: Four Larks and Overtone Industries. In 2019, she performed in Four Larks' immersive site-specific production of katabasis at the Getty Villa; and in 2020, she premiered in their new interpretation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein at The Wallis Center for the Performing Arts.
As a songwriter, Yvette releases original music under the moniker Yvette Cornelia. Her debut EP Open It Up (2013) was recently followed up by a full-length album What Lies Ahead (2019). Featuring her nine-piece ensemble, this latest album explores the cracks between chamber music, folk, experimental rock, and songwriting.
From 2017-2018, Yvette curated an adventurous monthly chamber music series called Hear Sunday in collaboration with the arts nonprofit Clockshop in Frogtown, Los Angeles. In 2013, she lived and worked at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, a permaculture retreat center and small organic farm in West Sonoma County. She holds an M.F.A. in Performance and Composition from the California Institute of the Arts and a Bachelor's in American Literature from UCLA.