Violist Ingrid Hutman is a native of Sierra Madre and she began her music education in the Pasadena public schools. She was a member of the American Youth Symphony under the direction of Mehli Mehta and played in the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra and other southland youth ensembles. She studied viola performance at California State University Northridge with Louis Kievman and Heiichiro Ohyama, at the Encore School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music with Robert Vernon. She participated in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute in 1987 and 1988.
Since joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1991, Hutman has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music Society and the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group. An advocate for music education and training, Hutman has taught viola privately and at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts. She performed in school programs and judged instrumental competitions sponsored by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Department of Education; she coached young musicians in the Santa Monica public schools, at USC and through YOLA and she served on the Board of Directors of Elemental Music, a non-profit training organization that trains young musicians to play in ensembles.
Outside of her musical endeavors, Hutman is an avid explorer of the peaks and canyons of the Eastern Sierra Nevada, the San Bernardinos, the San Gabriels, the Verdugos, and the Santa Monicas. She grows organic tomatoes, leafy greens, and herbs in her kitchen garden and she makes a distinctively strong cup of coffee.