Mwakudua waNgure grew up in Fort Myers, Florida, where he started violin as a child through the Suzuki method. He continued his violin studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy and went on to earn a Bachelor’s of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory, where, and a Master’s of Music from the University of Michigan where he studied with Aaron Berofsky and Kathryn Votapek. Mwakudua also studied with Timothy Lees at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.
Mwakudua joined the violin section of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in 2022. Prior to this, he served as a member of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, and the Lansing Symphony orchestra, as well as as a diversity fellow in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Mwakudua has also played in the Grand Tetons Festival Orchestra and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.
In his free time, Mwakudua enjoys working out, listening to podcasts, and watching shows.