The son of composer/conductor Jacob Avshalomov, Daniel Avshalomov began his training in Oregon and, after a year’s study abroad (with Orrea Pernel and members of the Amadeus Quartet), took his BM and MM degrees at the Juilliard School, where he served an unprecedented five years as principal violist of the orchestra and was the first violist in the School’s history to be awarded the Loeb Prize for Outstanding Achievement.
Before joining the American String Quartet, he was principal violist for the orchestras of the Spoleto, Tanglewood, and Aspen music festivals, as well as for the Brooklyn Philharmonia and the American Composers Orchestra. He performed as solo violist with the Bolshoi Ballet and was a founding member of the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble. A frequent guest artist with the Guarneri Quartet, he has also been featured artist with such groups as the Da Camera Society, Marin Music Fest, and La Musica di Asolo and has shared the stage with Norbert Brainin, Misha Dichter, Maureen Forrester, Bruno Giuranna, and the Juilliard and Tokyo quartets.
Mr. Avshalomov gave the premiere in New York of Giampaolo Bracali’s Concerto per Viola, which was also broadcast in Europe by RAI. His essays and criticism continue to appear in respected musical journals, and he has prepared editions of contemporary viola works for publication. His most recent recording, Three Generations Avshalomov (Albany Records), was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and in Classical Pulse. For balance he climbs mountains. His instrument is by Andrea Amati (Cremona, 1568).
Mr. Avshalomov has been a member of the Manhattan School of Music college faculty since 1984 and precollege faculty since 2004. He is also a member of the faculty of the Aspen Music School.