Drew Ricciardi, Viola
Drew Ricciardi has participated in various festivals, including the Britten-Pears Orchestra and Contemporary Composition and Performance Workshop of Aldeburgh, England, directed by Oliver Knussen, the Emerging Quartets Program, taught and founded by the Muir Quartet, and the Banff Festival Orchestra, as principal viola under the Berliner Symphoniker's chief conductor, Lior Shambadal. His world premiers include a gala performance of Marcel Tyberg’s Sextet for Strings, hosted by the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies, honoring Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, JoAnn Falletta, and Pressure, a work by Leah Reid for solo viola and electro-acoustics, performed at McGill University's Pollack Hall for their 2008 conference in electro-acoustic composition. As a chamber musician, Drew Ricciardi was violist of the Winsor Music Quartet with oboist, Peggy Pearson, and has collaborated with artists including the artistic director of Boston Chamber Music Society, Marcus Thompson, and the Portland String Quartet. As an educator, he has held the position of violin/viola faculty for New England Conservatory's Festival Youth Orchestra and the Common Time Chamber Music Workshop of Lexington, Massachusetts. Currently, he resides in Boston and studies regularly with Mela Tenenbaum in New York City.