Violist Richard Fleischman has performed in twenty countries around the world and has been acknowledged for his "expert and sensitive performances" (Philadelphia Inquirer) and "commanding leadership" (San Francisco Chronicle). He was Winner of the 1988 Windsor Prize, presented by Leonard Bernstein, and the Edward Steuermann Prize, the highest honor bestowed by the Juilliard School. Born in New York City, Fleischman received degrees from the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music.
As viola soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician, Mr. Fleischman performed throughout the United States, Mexico, South America, Asia and Europe on radio, television and recording. He was a long-time member of the San Francisco Symphony, has been principal violist of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra since 1990, performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and, during 2005-2006, was frequent guest principal viola with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Since 1996, Richard Fleischman has taught at the New World School of the Arts where he is Associate Professor of Music.