Vincent Lionti, viola
Vincent Lionti joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra on September 1, 1987. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from The Juilliard School, where he was a teaching assistant to his teacher, William Lincer, and Principal Viola of the Juilliard Orchestra. He was a substitute with the New York Philharmonic from 1981-1983. Mr. Lionti was a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 1983-1987, during which time he also was a faculty member at Macomb Community College, a member of the Lyric Chamber Players, the Renaissance City Chamber Players and a founding member of the Ventura String Quartet. Mr. Lionti has served as guest Principal Viola for the Indianapolis, New Jersey and American Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Santa Fe Opera.
Mr. Lionti has been conductor of the Greater Westchester Youth Orchestras Association since 1993 and at the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts since 2006. Since 2005, Mr. Lionti has been conductor of the Downtown Sinfonietta of White Plains and of the Merrick Symphony Orchestra since 2009. He conducted the NYU Steinhardt School Symphony Orchestra for two years and has led numerous All-State student orchestras in Connecticut, New Jersey and Florida.
Mr. Lionti is Artistic Director of The Memling Ensemble and is a member of the PBS All-Star Orchestra, New England Baroque Soloists, and the Westchester Camerata. He's appeared at many summer festivals including the Bard, Buzzard's Bay, Casals, Meadowbrook, Southampton and Sunflower music festivals.
Mr. Lionti lives in New York City with his wife Kristin, a personal assistant to Oscar de la Renta, and their son, Nicholas Lionti, who has appeared onstage as an extra at the Met in "Nixon in China" and "Macbeth".