The Kennedy Center

Electric Fantasy



Biography

Founded and led by Michelle Kim, Electric Fantasy has core members consisting of multi-genre musicians from the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra (also known as the Washington National Opera Orchestra).  Electric Fantasy musicians include Michelle on electric violin, Michael Rossi on piano and keyboard, Christian Gray on electric bass, Greg Akagi on drums, Igor Zubkovsky on cello (all from the KCOHO) and guitarist Marcelo Carrion. 

Michelle Kim and Michael Rossi met while studying at the Manhattan School of Music.  Both won auditions at the Washington National Opera -- Michael on trumpet and Michelle on violin.  They worked closely with world-renowned tenor and Washington National Opera Director Placido Domingo, who inspired the two young musicians to find their own voices. Working with world-class musicians of all genres at the Kennedy Center further nurtured Michelle and Michael to create and recreate sounds that they were passionate about. 

Michelle started to compose and arrange music and to play the electric violin four years ago.  Since then, her own music and her solo electric violin playing have taken her around the United States. She has performed at the United Nations, at the United States Peace Institute for the US and Korean Defense Ministers, at the International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings, at National Association of Health Underwriters Annual Conference, as well as at a sold-out dance party in Dewey Beach, Maryland playing Electronic Dance Music (EDM) with a DJ.

Michael has further developed his conducting expertise and has led orchestras and opera companies including the Washington National Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Four years ago, Michael and his wife founded the Miami Summer Music Festival to provide affordable, world-class music education to young artists from around the globe.  

Electric Fantasy started through a shared love of rock music amongst the orchestra members and now brings new light and symphonic colors to beloved, classic and familiar tunes.  The group has performed around Washington, most notably at the Kennedy Center where it was born!  This summer, Electric Fantasy will be on tour in Florida to perform in several festivals and music series culminating in the Miami Music Festival’s Fourth of July Pops Concert.

Watch Past Performances

Video 4/28/2018: Classical Musicians Electrify Classic Rock

Instrumental band Electric Fantasy will perform their all-time favorite rock songs.  

Featuring

Michelle Kim, electric violin
Marcelo Carrion, electric guitar
Zachery Williams, electric guitar and keyboard
Christian Gray, electric bass
Michael Rossi, piano and keyboard
Greg Akagi, drums

 Electric Fantasy