Prof. Adriana Linares
Venezuelan violist Adriana Linares is one of today's most talented young Latin American artists. Her playing has been called "meltingly beautiful" by Naxos reviewers. Her recordings have been broadcasted on Public Radio: WRTI in Philadelphia, WCMU in Central and Northern Michigan, WPRB in Princeton, MPR in Minnesota, BBC in England and the Venezuelan National Radio. Ms. Linares was the first prize winner in the Latin American Music Competition in Indiana University, the Kuttner Quartet Competition and the Solo Viola Competition at Indiana University, which earned her the honor of soloing with the Indiana University Symphony Orchestra. She also received the Annual Musician Award from the Bloomington Camerata, and was a recipient of the Starling and Barbera Music Foundation Scholarship.
Described by Grammy awarding violist Roger Tapping as "a violist of extraordinary merit and ability... [who is] not only excellent but also distinctive, characterful and individual." Highlights of Solo engagements include her 2006 debut in Carnegie Hall with the American premiere of Venezuelan Composer Modesta Bor's Sonata. She has been feature soloist with Arcos Juveniles de Caracas Orchestra, Virtuosi de Caracas, Middletown Symphony, the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, with whom she performed and collaborated with the world premiere of American composer Howard Hanson's Summer Seascape II, recorded under the NAXOS label.
As a devoted pedagogue, Linares has given coachings, lessons and master classes at prestigious festivals such as Yellow Barn in Vermont; Festival Nuevo Mundo in Maracaibo, Venezuela; University of Louisville; and collaborated with The FOSJA Seminar for Young Musicians in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ms. Linares is the Founder/Director of the Dali Quartet Summer Camp and The Chamber Music Program at the Community Conservatory in Doylestown, PA. She recently became the Artistic Director of the CCM Family Concert Series in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and she is part of the String and Chamber Music Faculty at Kutztown University. In the fall of 2008, Ms Linares founded the ELITE STRINGS PROGRAM, and the ELITE STRINGS YOUTH ORCHESTRA, two distinctive offerings in the central Bucks and Montgomery Counties, which will run under the framework of the Community Conservatory in Doylestown.
An active chamber musician and recitalist, she has performed with artists such as British violinist Anthony Marwood (Florestan trio), distinguished Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero, cellist Natasha Brodsky (Peabody Trio), Paul Desenne (distinguished Venezuelan Composer), Venezuelan violinist Alexis Cardenas (Tchaikovsky Violin Competition Finalist), American cellist Bonnie Hampton (Juilliard School of Music Faculty), Brazilian cellist Marcio Carneiro (V prize of the Tchaikowski Competition in Moscow in 1978), Venezuelan Bass player Edicson Ruiz (Berlin Philharmonic), violinist Gyula Stuller (Tibor Varga Conservatory in Paris) , and violist Marka Gustavsson (Colorado Quartet).
Ms. Linares's is an active collaborator for premieres and performances of new music, having worked with composers such as Brian Balmages "Danza Latina", Venezuelan composer Manena Contreras "INSTANTES," Chilean composer Alfonzo Montesinos "Viola Sonata," Efrain Amaya, Modesta Bor, Juan Orrego-Salas, Paul Salerni, Arcangel del Castillo, Emiliano Pardo, Greg D'Alessio, Marlon Simons and others.
Ms. Linares is the founder violist of the Dali String Quartet, ensemble with whom she has embarked recording and performing projects around the USA, and recognized educational outreach in collaboration with the City of Philadelphia and surrounding counties. She regularly performs with the SATORI Chamber Players, the Linaria Ensemble, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Linares holds a Master's Degree from Temple University where she studied with Curtis Director violist Roberto Diaz (summa cummlaudem), and a Bachelor's Degree from Indiana University where she studied with distinguished violist Atar Arad (magna cummlaudem)