Ira Weller, viola
Ira Weller has a wide range of performing experience and is highly regarded as a soloist and chamber musician. A regular guest at Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill, Maine and at the Bard Music Festival, Mr. Weller has also been an invited artist with Bargemusic, DaCapo, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, New York Chamber Soloists, Music From Marlboro, and Chamber Music Northwest. He has collaborated with many distinguished artists, including James Levine, Leon Fleischer, Dawn Upshaw, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Janos Starker, and Robert Mann. His vital interest in contemporary music has led to premieres of works by Ned Rorem, Ezra Laderman, Justin Dello Joio, Tobias Picker, Shulamit Ran and Ellen Zwilich. He has edited several works from the collection of music manuscripts in the Pierpont Morgan Library including a rare 18th-century original viola sonata by Felice Giardini and a newly discovered Scherzo from Mendelssohn's A major string quintet. As former violist of the Mendelssohn String Quartet, Mr. Weller recorded works by Dvorák, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schoenberg, Weber, Toch and Ran. He has also recorded works of Dvorák and Kodaly with Laurie Smukler and Krista Benion-Feeney. Mr. Weller is on the viola faculty of the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, Mannes College of Music and the Conservatory of Music at Bard College.