brett Walfish, Viola

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Violist, Brett Walfish, co-founder and Executive Director of the Rushmore Music Festival, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Ireland, Italy, and Israel.  Praised by the conductor David Effron for a warm sound full of a “myriad of colors,” Brett is an expressive and charismatic performer. Brett has collaborated with artists including Philip Setzer, Atar Arad, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Stephan Barratt-Due, Annie Fullard, Michael Klotz, Rudolf Koelman, Misha Vitenson, and Hillel Zori. He has also performed with the highly acclaimed conductorless chamber orchestra A Far Cry. Mr. Walfish is devoted teacher of violin, viola and chamber music, and has coached chamber music for undergraduate music majors at Stony Brook University. 

His primary teachers included Lawrence Dutton, Nicholas Cords, Martha Katz, and Atar Arad. Mr. Walfish also studied chamber music with the Emerson String Quartet, the Borromeo String Quartet, Atar Arad, and Jorja Fleezanis. He holds a Master’s Degree and a Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music.

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