Kari Giles began Suzuki violin studies at age five. Her love of music led to summers at Brevard Music Center with Mary Daniels, and High School and College degrees under Elaine Richey at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Following a desire for adventure and chamber music, she pursued a master's degree in Chamber Music at the San Francisco Conservatory. While in San Francisco, she performed with musicians including Mark Sokol, Ian Swensen, and Robert Mann. A meeting and performance with Minnesota Concertmaster Jorja Fleezanis lured her away from California to the frozen Midwest, where she spent several years studying with Mrs. Fleezanis, as well as performing with the Minnesota Opera, and freelancing with the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Giles joined the Charlotte Symphony as Assistant Concertmaster in the 2006-2007 season. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and baking, spoiling her cats, and horseback riding.