Helen Callus, viola has been described by critics as “a player with impeccable sensibilities and a beautiful sound, infinitely malleable into all kinds of musical subtleties”. The Seattle Times.
Daniel Sweany is Assistant Professor of Viola. He made his New York debut in Avery Fisher Hall at the 1999 Mostly Mozart Festival performing with world renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman. “…extremely talented and highly trained…poised and accomplished…” said Strings Magazine.
Since the Oregon Symphony was established more than 100 years ago, it has been recognized for its internationally acclaimed music directors, skilled performers, diverse programs and outstanding community services in education and regional touring.
National Symphony Orchestra
Officially founded in 1931, throughout its history the Orchestra has been committed to both artistic excellence and music education. In 1986 the National Symphony became the artistic affiliate of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the nation’s center for the performing arts, where it has presented a concert season annually since the Center opened in 1971.
The Aspen ensemble
From the famed Aspen Music Festival comes the Aspen Ensemble, a mixed quintet of flute, piano and strings. Its five acclaimed musicians are united in their love for chamber music and their commitment to bringing unique, varied and scintillating performances to audiences around the world.
The Curtis institute of music
The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level.
The Peabody institute
The Peabody Institute has a preeminent faculty, a nurturing, collaborative learning environment, and the academic resources of one of the nation’s leading universities, Johns Hopkins.
Lynne Ramsey has been first assistant principal violist of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1989, where she holds the Charles and Janet Kimball Chair. She was invited to perform the Walton Viola Concerto with the Beijing Philharmonic in China in December 1985 and was the first foreigner to perform in Beijing’s new concert hall. Active as a chamber musician, Ramsey has been a member of the Amici Quartet since 1989. She is also a member of Panorámicos.
Violist Erika Eckert is currently Associate Professor of Viola at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has also been a faculty member of the Brevard Music Center since 2011. Previously, Eckert served on the faculties of The Cleveland Institute of Music, Baldwin Wallace College, and the Chautauqua Institution in New York where she served as the coordinator of the chamber music program for the Music School Festival Orchestra for three summers.