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EVAN N. WILSON was appointed Principal Violist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in November 1991, after having served as a member of the Orchestra since 1984. He attended The Juilliard School of Music, where he played Principal Viola and also served as Principal with the National Orchestra of New York. Mr. Wilson most recently served as guest Principal with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the 1994/95 and 1995/96 seasons, during which time he participated in recordings of music by Bernstein, Foss, and Ravel for Deutsche Grammophon and Philips with conductors Seiji Ozawa and Bernard Haitink.
He has appeared as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. In a Los Angeles Times review, Daniel Cariaga wrote: "Wilson's splendorous but full tone and commanding technique gave an especial sheen to the beauties of Berlioz's Harold in Italy". In 1993, Mr. Wilson replaced Yuri Bashmet on one week's notice in Bartok's Viola Concerto, also to great critical acclaim. Of his recent recording of Arnold Bax's Fantasy Sonata for viola and harp, the British Music Society wrote: "... this new one stands among the very best. The viola tone is strong and rich, and Evan Wilson plays with great feeling and authority."
Concurrent with his Philharmonic activities, Mr. Wilson is in great demand as a teacher and chamber musician. He appears regularly with many of the world's most eminent musicians, including Emanuel Ax, Yuri Bashmet, Yefim Bronfman, Lynn Harrell, and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, as well as with the Borromeo Quartet, the Audubon Quartet, and other leading chamber ensembles. He also performs frequently at Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music Society and New Music Group concerts, as well as at the Linton Chamber Music Series Cincinnati.
Mr. Wilson's international engagements have taken him to the festivals of Salzburg, Lucerne, Berlin, Flanders, Edinburgh, Helsinki, Settembre musica (Torino), and the BBC Proms (London). He has also appeared on tour at most of the world's foremost concert halls, including Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, London's Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham's Symphony Hall, Tokyo's Suntory Hall, the Kölner Philharmonie, and the Alte Oper, Frankfurt. During the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 1996 Paris residency, Mr. Wilson appeared as soloist in the Théâtre du Châtelet, performing Stravinsky's Elegy for solo viola, as well as in several works for chamber ensemble. In the summer of 1992, he was one of several Philharmonic musicians invited to perform at the Festival Bahnhof Rolandseck in Bonn, Germany, and in 1995, he appeared at the Avanti! Festival in Finland with Esa-Pekka Salonen. Mr. Wilson has also participated in numerous music festivals in the United States, including Marlboro, Newport, Grand Canyon, and Steamboat Springs. In May 2000, he will be the featured artist at the Sedona Chamber Music Society in Arizona, and in 2001 he will tour with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, performing Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante.
Mr. Wilson has been on the UCLA music faculty since 1987, and in 1998 was appointed to Professor. The same year, he joined the faculty of the Colburn School of Performing Arts as Master Teacher. He has served on the faculty of the Crossroads School in Santa Monica since 1996, and in 1999, joined the teaching staff of the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts. In September 2000, Mr. Wilson also joined the faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara as Distinguished Artist/Teacher of Viola. In addition, Mr. Wilson began teaching at the Chautauqua Music Festival in 1998, where in 1999 he was named Chairman of the String Department. He was on the music faculty of USC from 1994 to 1998. He has also given masterclasses at many musical venues around the world, including New York, Florida, Germany, and Mexico City. Many of his former students are now members of leading orchestras throughout the United States, including the Symphony Orchestras of Chicago, Detroit, Dallas, and Houston, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Buffalo Philharmonic, while others have won positions in orchestras in Singapore and Taiwan.
Mr. Wilson has recorded for other labels including Music from Marlboro, CBS Masterworks, and Harmonia Mundi. His solo performances have been broadcast throughout the United States and in Europe. His website can be reached at evanwilson.com.