Viola

Vivian Torres

Violist Vivian Torres began her musical training at the age of 12. She has studied under the direction of Juilliard graduates Richard Fleischman, Paul Coletti, and Michael Klotz. Vivian obtained her Master’s degree in Music Performance from Florida International University and Artist Diploma from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. She performs regularly as an orchestral and chamber musician throughout South Florida. For over 10 years she has been teaching privately throughout Miami and is currently the viola teacher at the Gulliver Academy.

Amanda Diaz

Amanda Diaz began studying music at the age of five. She received her Bachelor's in viola performance at the University of Miami and was awarded a full scholarship to be a part of the Stamps String Quartet. With the ensemble, Amanda studied chamber music intensively for four years and received several opportunities such as working with the Juilliard String Quartet in a rigorous seminar in New York.

Scott O'Donnell

Scott O’Donnell comes from Endwell, NY, where he began studying the violin at the age of seven. Two of Scott’s first teachers were Maryanne Wallenburg, Concertmaster of the Binghamton Symphony and Peter Marsh, first violinist of the Lennox Quartet. Five years later Scott studied with Elmar Oliviera, the first American violinist to win the prestigious Tchaikovsky competition.

Barbara Beechey

Recently appointed to the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Dr. Barbara Beechey has also taught full-time at the Lawrence University Academy of Music since 1999. With the belief that young students can successfully start on the viola instead of on the violin, she has developed a strong pre-college studio whose members have been accepted to schools such as Juilliard, Oberlin, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, among others. In the past, Dr. Beechey also designed and taught the upper string pedagogy course for the Lawrence Conservatory of Music.

Scott O'Donnell

Scott O’Donnell comes from Endwell, NY, where he began studying the violin at the age of seven. Two of Scott’s first teachers were Maryanne Wallenburg, Concertmaster of the Binghamton Symphony and Peter Marsh, first violinist of the Lennox Quartet. Five years later Scott studied with Elmar Oliviera, the first American violinist to win the prestigious Tchaikovsky competition.

Gregory Falkenstein

For the past seven years, violist and attorney Gregory Falkenstein has made his home in greater Miami, Florida, where he is actively engaged as a freelancer in both professions. He is currently a member of Opus One, the pit orchestra for Miami City Ballet, and holds a position as Adjunct Professor of Viola and Violin at Barry University in Miami Shores.

Rafael Ramirez

Beginning his viola studies at an early age in Venezuela, Rafael Ramirez became involved in classical music with “el Movimiento” Simon Bolivar in 1992. His honors include 2nd place at the State Mandolin Festival, Capacho, Venezuela, a full scholarship with the Slava Bogu String Quartet, Bogotá, Colombia, and First Prize winner of the chamber music competition at Florida International University (2006 and 2007). Mr.

Renata Hornik

Violist Renata Hornik, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, has received performance degrees from Kent State and Rice University. As a founding member of the Euclid Quartet, she received top prize in the Carmel national chamber music competition in 2000. Currently residing in Madison, Ms. Hornik is a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and has recently appeared as guest artist with the Oakwood Chamber Players and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra.

Laura Wilcox

Canadian-American violist Laura Wilcox has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the Americas and Europe. She is active in performing and commissioning works from composers from North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Her studies included SUNY-Purchase in New York and McGill University in Montreal.

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