WYSO Alumna Violist Vicki Powell


TJC_6241Praised by the New York Times for her “probing introspection”, and by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “a star” with “a voluptuous tone,” violist Vicki Powell has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and has been a featured artist at the Verbier, Ravinia, Caramoor, Moritzburg, and Marlboro Music Festivals.

Ms. Powell is the recipient of a Gold Award in Music from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Other awards include top prizes at the Primrose International Viola Competition (where she was also awarded the Sonata Prize), the Philadelphia Orchestra Greenfield Competition, the Johansen International Competition, and the Aspen Low Strings Competition.

An avid chamber musician, Ms. Powell has been invited on tours across the country with Musicians from Marlboro, Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Institute, and Curtis on Tour, and performs with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York City. Ms. Powell has collaborated with prominent artists such as Mitsuko Uchida, Arnold Steinhardt, Pamela Frank, Ida Kavafian, Peter Wiley, Miriam Fried, Jonathan Biss, and Steven Tenenbom.

As an orchestral musician Ms. Powell has served as Guest Principal of the San Diego Symphony and the Chicago Philharmonic, and performs frequently with the New York Philharmonic, IRIS Orchestra, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She currently serves as Principal Viola of Symphony in C.

Ms. Powell is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Misha Amory and Roberto Diaz, and is currently pursuing studies with Máté Szűcs, Principal Violist of the Berlin Philharmonic, at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. She plays on a copy of the Primrose Guarneri by Samuel Zygmuntowicz.

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