Richard O'Neill
Viola
Violist Richard O’Neill, EMMY Award Winner, two-time Grammy nominee and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, has appeared as soloist with the London, Los Angeles and Seoul Philharmonics, the BBC, KBS and Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, the Wurttemburg, Vienna and Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestras with Sir Andrew Davis, Vladimir Jurowski and Yannick Nezet-Seguin. Highlights of this season include his solo debuts at the Hong Kong Cultural Center and the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, international tours with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Ehnes Quartet and the release of his album British Viola for Deutsche Grammophon.  A recording artist with UNIVERSAL/Deutsche Grammophon, he has made nine solo albums that have sold more than 200,000 copies. A member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Camerata Pacifica and the Ehnes Quartet he frequently collaborates with the world’s greatest artists. Elliott Carter, John Harbison, Huang Ruo and Paul Chihara have written and dedicated works to him. His chamber music project DITTO has introduced tens of thousands to chamber music in South Korea and Japan. The first violist to receive the Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, he was honored with a Proclamation from the New York City Council. A native of Sequim, he serves as Goodwill Ambassador for the Korean Red Cross, OXFAM and UNICEF and runs marathons for charity.