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  • Ira Weller

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    Ira Weller

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    Member, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Soloist and chamber musician. Performances with New York's Festival Chamber Players, Da Camera of Houston, Bard Music Festival, Bargemusic, DaCapo, New York Chamber Soloists, Chamber Music Northwest, and Music from Marlboro. Appearances at Santa Fe Music Festival, Kneisel Hall, and other venues. Collaborations with James Levine, Menahem Pressler, Richard Goode, Leon Fleischer, Dawn Upshaw, Rudolf Firkusny, Evelyn Lear, Robert Mann, Janos Starker, Richard Stoltzman, and Michael Tree. Artistic director, Collection in Concert series. Founding member and violist, Mendelssohn String Quartet. Editor of forgotten, newly published works by Felice Giardini and Felix Mendelssohn. Multiple recordings of chamber and solo pieces.A member of the acclaimed Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 30 years, Ira Weller has a wide range of performing experience and is highly regarded as a chamber musician. He was the founding violist of the Mendelssohn String Quartet and co-director of a chamber series at the Pierpont Morgan Library.


    Mr. Weller has also been an invited artist with Bargemusic, DaCapo, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, New York Chamber Soloists, Music From Marlboro and Chamber Music Northwest. He has collaborated with many distinguished artists, including James Levine, Leon Fleischer, Dawn Upshaw, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Janos Starker and Robert Mann. His vital interest in contemporary music has led to premieres of works by Rorem, Laderman, Dello Joio, Picker, Ran and Zwilich. He has edited several works from the collection of music manuscripts in the Pierpont Morgan Library including a rare 18th-century original viola sonata by Felice Giardini and a newly discovered Scherzo from Mendelssohn’s A major string quintet. Mr. Weller is on the viola faculty of the Mannes College of Music and the Conservatory of Music at Bard College.


     


    Current Courses

    Performance Class: Viola (Spring 2020)

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