Yvette Holzwarth is classically trained in violin since the age of three. When she was 17, she moved to Los Angeles and began working as a freelance musician, soon delving into improvisation. After studying literature at UCLA, Yvette spent time in Beijing with her maternal Chinese family, sparking her study of Mandarin and non-Western traditions. Her musical influences range broadly from Arabic and Hungarian gypsy to 30s jazz standards and orchestral music. In 2013, she worked at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, an intentional community and ecological non-profit, and lived in a small wood cabin on the 80-acre land.
Yvette currently attends an MFA Performer-Composer Program at CalArts in Los Angeles.