Biography

EVAN N. WILSON was appointed Principal Violist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in November 1991, after having served as a member of the Orchestra since 1984. Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading violists, Wilson has earned high praise from audiences and critics alike for his lush sound, masterful technique and compelling musicianship. He attended The Juilliard School of Music in New York where he played Principal Viola and also served as Principal with the National Orchestra of New York. Mr. Wilson most recently served as guest Principal with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the 1994/1995 and 1995/96 seasons. During that time, he participated in recordings of music by Bernstein, Foss and Barber with Itzhak Perlman and Seiji Ozawa for Deutsche Grammophon, and for a CD of works by Maurice Ravel, conducted by Bernard Haitink for Philips.

Wilson has appeared as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. In a Los Angeles Times review, Daniel Cariaga wrote, "Wilson's splendorous but full tone and commanding technique gave an especial sheen to the beauties of Berlioz' Harold in Italy." Of his recent recordings of Arnold Bax's Fantasy Sonata for Viola and Harp, the Bristish Music Society wrote: "... this new one stands among the very best. The viola tone is strong and rich, and Evan Wilson plays with great feeling and authority."

Concurrent with his Philharmonic activities, Wilson is in great demand as a teacher and chamber musician. He appears regularly with many of the world's eminent musicians and ensembles, including Emanuel Ax, Pinchas Zuckerman, Yuri Bashmet, Yefim Bronfman, Lynn Harrell, Gil Shaham, Nadja Salerno- Sonnenberg, Ralph Kirshbaum, and Jimmy Lin, as well as the Borromeo Quartet, the Audobon Quartet, the Alexander Quartet, and other leading chamber ensembles. He performs with the Chamber group V to One featuring Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. They perform regularly at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts in New York, at the Linton Chamber Music Series in Cincinnati, and at other chamber music festivals across the country.

Wilson's international engagements have taken him to the Festivals of Salzburg, Luzern, Berlin, Flanders, Edinburgh, Helsinki, Settembre Musica (Toronto), and the BBC Proms (London). During the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 1996 Paris residency, Wilson appeared as soloist in the Theatre du Chatelet, performing Stravinsky's Elegy for Solo Viola, as well as in several works for chamber ensemble. Wilson has participated in numerous music festivals in the United States, including those of La Jolla, Marlboro, Newport, Grand Canyon, Steamboat Springs, Mainly Mozart, and Kingston. In May of 2000 he was the featured artist at the Sedona Chamber Music Society in Arizona. In 2001 he was appointed as an Artistic Consultant to the festival.

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