Richard O’Neill Viola

sponsor: Ann and Martin Gelfand

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 Orchestras, and the Wurttemburg, Vienna and Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestras. Highlights of this season include the premieres of John Harbison’s Viola Sonata written for him and Molly Morkowski, serving as Artist-in-Residence at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, and his fifteen year anniversary of concerts in Korea with a special appearance of the Ehnes Quartet at Seoul Arts Center. A recording artist with UNIVERSAL/Deutsche Grammophon, he has made nine solo albums. He is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Camerata Pacifica and the Ehnes Quartet. Composers Lera Auerbach, 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, CARE, UNICEF and runs marathons for charity.