Biography

Wilson was a professor of viola at USC from 1994-1998, and at UCLA from 1987-2000. In 1998, he joined the faculty of the Colburn School of Performing Arts, the Crossroads School, and the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Also beginning in the summer of 1998, he was appointed to the faculty of the Chautauqua Music Festival, where in 1999 he was named Chairman of the String Department. At Chautauqua he has instituted a series of weekly performances for the Children's School where the students of the music festival work closely with the young people in hands on demonstrations. In the summer of 2003, he instituted a similar program with the Boys and Girls Club at Chautauqua.

In September of 2000 he was appointed Distinguished Artist/Teacher of Viola at UC Santa Barbara. Over the past ten years, Mr. Wilson has been involved with The Corwin Masterclasses. The Corwin Masterclasses are given by Master artists to highschool and college age students aspiring to professional careers in music. He has also given masterclasses at many musical venues around the world, including New York, Florida, Chicago, Boston, Germany, Los Angeles and Mexico City. He regularly gives lessons, masterclasses and audition seminars at The New World Symphony in Florida, The National Orchestral Institute in Maryland, and The Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific in British Columbia.

Many of his former students are now members of leading orchestras throughout the United States, including the Symphony Orchestras of Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Florida, The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Buffalo Philharmonic. While others have won positions in the orchestras of Singapore, Taiwan, Beijing, and Hong Kong, and the New World Symphony. Most recently, a student of his was named Principal Viola at the Houston Grand Opera and Ballet.

Actively involved in commissioning and performing works by living composers, Wilson has performed several premieres of works written for him at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall. Included among those were Portable Concerto No. 1 by Roger Bourland, Dialogues for Viola and String Orchestra by Jeremy Lubbock, performed with the UCLA Philharmonia, and in 2000, the Sonata for Viola and Piano by Matt Tommasini, a graduate of the UCLA Composition Department. The Sonata for Viola and Piano was a finalist at this year’s BMI composition competition. With the Los Angeles Philharmonic Mr. Wilson has been involved in numerous world premieres, including works by John Adams, Steven Stucky, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Lukas Foss, Witold Lutoslawski, Andre Previn and Gyorgy Ligeti.

Mr. Wilson is also one of the top call studio musicians in Los Angeles and as such his list of credits and collaborations is a virtual Who’s Who in the music world. In the Popular Music category he has recorded and performed with Michael Jackson, Madonna, Garth Brooks, Michelle Branch, Josh Groban, Fiona Apple, Alanis Morrisette, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Ricky Martin, Johnny Mathis, Barry Manilow, Duran Duran, Bon Jovi, KISS, Mel Torme, Willie Nelson, Liza Minelli, Elton John, Andy Williams, Backstreet Boys, Diana Krall, Janet Jackson, Macy Gray, Mercy Street, Beck, Joe Cocker, Take Six, Faith Hill, K.D. Lang, Rod Stewart, Five For Fighting, 3 Doors Down, Sheryl Crow, Le Ann Rimes, Tears For Fears, Graham Colton, Chaka Khan, and Barbra Streisand. For these recording artists he has worked for the recording industries top Grammy winning composers including, David Campbell, Paul Buckmaster, Bill Ross, David Foster, Jeremy Lubbock, Suzie Katayama, Bill Meyers, Billy Childs and Quincy Jones.

His movie and television credits include "The Matrix" trilogy, "Bad Santa" "Born on the Fourth of July", "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas", "Jurassic Park 3", "The Lion King", "Evolution", "Swordfish", "Back to the Future", "Star Trek", "Austin Powers", "Flubber", "2010 A Space Odyssey", "Groundhog Day", "Home Alone", "Misery", "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", "Steel Magnolias", "JAG", "NYPD Blue", "Quantum Leap", "The Simpsons", "Buffy", "Providence", "Voyager" and "The Tonight Show". For these Movies and Television shows he has worked for most of the industry’s top composers, including John Williams, Michelle Columbier, Mark Isham, Alan Silvestri, James Newton Howard, Mark Shaiman, Bill Conti and James Horner.

In the Classical Music category he has recorded and performed with virtually all of the greatest musicians and conductors of today. The list includes Pierre Boulez, Itzak Perlman, Luciano Pavarotti, Rudolf Serkin, James Levine, Pinchas Zukerman, Jesse Norman, Msistlav Rostropovich, Zubin Mehta, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Placido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Frederica von Stade, Seiji Ozawa, Jimmy Lin, Leonard Bernstein, Leontyne Price, Simon Rattle, Yefim Bronfman, Franz Welser Most, Lynn Harrell, Leonard Slatkin, Ben Hepner, Dawn Upshaw, Christoph Eschenbach and Roger Norrington. Mr. Wilson has recorded for most labels including Music from Marlboro, CBS Masterworks, Harmonia Mundi, Arista, Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, Geffen, A&M, Sony, Mercury, and RCA. His solo and chamber music performances have been broadcast throughout the United States and Europe.

© 2003 Evan N. Wilson