About the Artists

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Violist PAUL NEUBAUER is the new Artistic Director for Mostly Music. His exceptional musicality led the New York Times to call him “a master musician.”

This season he will record the Aaron Kernis Viola Concerto with the Royal Northern Sinfonia in the United Kingdom, a work he premiered with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony and Idyllwild Arts Orchestra in 2014. He will also premiere a new work for solo viola by Joan Tower at Alice Tully Hall, the fourth work Ms. Tower has composed for him. This will be part of a program devoted to works showcasing Mr. Neubauer at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

A solo album of music recorded at Music@Menlo will also be released this season. Appointed principal violist of the New York Philharmonic at age 21, he has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras including the New York, Los Angeles, and Helsinki philharmonics; National, St. Louis, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco, and Bournemouth symphonies; and Santa Cecilia, English Chamber, and Beethovenhalle orchestras. He has premiered viola concertos by Bartók (revised version of Viola Concerto), Friedman, Glière, Jacob, Kernis, Lazarof, Müller-Siemens, Ott, Penderecki, Picker, Suter, and Tower and has been featured on CBS’s Sunday Morning, A Prairie Home Companion, and in Strad, Strings, and People magazines.

Ani Kavafian and Carter Brey
Ani Kavafian and Carter Brey

A two-time Grammy nominee, he has recorded on numerous record labels including Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA Red Seal and Sony Classical. Mr. Neubauer performs in a trio with soprano Susanna Phillips and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott and is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Mannes College.

Carter Brey and Ani Kavafian served as Artistic Directors from 1992 through 2016 and will continue to be part of the Mostly Music performances.

Photos courtesy of Bernard Mindich.