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 Moscow, Wurttemburg, Vienna and Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestras. Recent highlights include serving as artist-in-residence at the Broad in Santa Monica, the west coast premiere of Harbison’s Viola Sonata, and his fifteen year anniversary of concerts in Korea with special appearances with the Ehnes Quartet and recitals with Jeremy Denk 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 Auerbach, Carter, Ruo, and 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, Washington, he serves as Goodwill Ambassador for the Korean Red Cross, UNICEF and runs marathons for charity.