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Violinist CAMILLE AVELLANO joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1981 and plays in the first violin section. She comes from a musical family; her father recently retired from the Chicago Symphony, where he was principal bass for 49 years, and her mother is a cellist who now owns a violin shop. Avellano made her debut as soloist with the Chicago Symphony at age 13. She received her Bachelor’s degree cum laude from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she was a scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay. She was concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and has played with the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago, and the Rochester Philharmonic.
An avid chamber musician, Avellano has been a frequent performer on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Chamber Music series, in which she has collaborated with such musical luminaries as André Previn, Isaac Stern, and Bernard Greenhouse. She has also been actively involved with the LA Phil New Music Group, where she has performed many critically acclaimed premieres by celebrated composers and worked closely with Pierre Boulez, Peter Lieberson, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Following the 1992 Salzburg Festival, she was a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic contingent that performed and served as faculty at the Festival Bahnhof Rolandseck in Bonn, Germany. From 1994 to 1997, she was a professor of violin and chamber music at UCLA. More recently, Avellano appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, playing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 at Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2006 and two concertos for four violins at the Hollywood Bowl in 2007. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and hiking with her teenaged son, who is a photographer.