Violist Paul Neubauer’s exceptional musicality and effortless playing distinguish him as one of his generation’s quintessential artists. Appointed principal violist of the New York Philharmonic at age 21, he is currently the chamber music director of the OK Mozart Festival in Oklahoma and the “Chamber Music Extravaganza” in Curaçao. A two-time Grammy Award nominee, he has recorded works by Schumann with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, as well as numerous pieces that were composed for him: Joan Tower’s Purple Rhapsody for viola and orchestra and Wild Purple for solo viola; Viola Rhapsody, a concerto by Henri Lazarof; and Soul Garden for viola and chamber ensemble by Derek Bermel. His recording of the Walton Viola Concerto was re-released on Decca. He has appeared as a soloist with more than 100 orchestral ensembles, including the leading symphony orchestras of New York, Los Angeles, Helsinki, Saint Louis, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco, Bournemouth, and Washington, D.C., as well as the Santa Cecilia, English Chamber and Beethovenhalle orchestras. He gave the world premiere of the revised Bartók Viola Concerto and has performed contemporary concertos by Tower, Penderecki, Picker, Jacob, Lazarof, Suter, Müller-Siemens, Ott, and Friedman. Neubauer is a faculty member of The Juilliard School and Mannes College.
Aaron Jay Kernis
April 24-26, 2014