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Zoë Martin-Doike, Acting Assistant Principal Viola

Violinist/violist Zoë Martin-Doike is a versatile artist who engages in a wide variety of musical activities. A top prize winner at the Primrose International Viola Competition and the Lennox International Young Artist Competition on viola and violin, respectively, Zoë has appeared as a soloist with the Honolulu, Indianapolis, Richardson and Bloomington Symphony Orchestras, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and the World Youth Orchestra in Rome, Italy. Most recently, she won the 2019 Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra Competition, earning a solo appearance with the group next fall. Zoë has also been featured on the National Public Radio programs “From the Top” and “A Prairie Home Companion,” and has had the distinct pleasure of performing for his holiness, the Dalai Lama.

A passionate chamber musician, Zoë was a founding violinist of the Aizuri Quartet which garnered top prizes at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition and held residencies at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, as well as the Ernst Stiefel String Quartet Residency at Caramoor while she was a member.

This season, Zoë earned tenure in the viola section of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, where she is constantly inspired by the beauty of the human voice. She previously held the principal second violin position of Symphony in C of Haddonfield, NJ, and was a member of Opera Philadelphia, where she served as acting principal viola for their acclaimed 2015 production of “La Traviata.” A frequent substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Zoë has joined the world-famous ensemble for performances in Philadelphia, New York, and Washington D.C., as well as in concert halls throughout Europe and Asia.

This summer, Zoë returns to the Marlboro Music Festival, and will perform at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in the fall as part of the Evnin Rising Stars Program. Her past festival appearances include the Steans Institute at Ravinia, and the Sarasota, Norfolk, and Taos Chamber Music Festivals, and she has collaborated with such artists as Mitsuko Uchida, Jonathan Biss, Miriam Fried, Roberto Diaz, Timothy Eddy, and Peter Wiley.

Zoë is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied Pamela Frank and Steven Tenenbom. She served as concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra during the 2011-12 school year, and was selected to perform as a part of Curtis on Tour in Europe, Korea and South America. In 2019, Zoë completed her master’s degree at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she studied with Mimi Zweig and Atar Arad. While at IU, Zoë had the opportunity to perform both the Walton Viola Concerto and the Brahms Violin Concerto with university orchestras, and was a recipient of the coveted Kuttner Quartet fellowship.

*photo credit: Grittani Creative