Faculty

Adela Peña

Precollege Faculty:
Violin

Violinist Adela Pena, a native New Yorker, has enjoyed touring the U.S., Europe, and Asia with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, for which she has served as concertmaster, and recorded several CDs on the Deutsche Grammophon label. As a founding member of the Eroica Trio, she can be heard on seven CDs released by the EMI label and has received two Grammy nominations. She has appeared as soloist in the Beethoven Triple Concerto with notable orchestras worldwide, including the Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh symphonies, as well as the Hong Kong and Budapest Philharmonic and Prague Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist and recitalist, she has played with the English Chamber Orchestra, performed at Carnegie Hall and the Sorbonne in Paris, and toured England, Italy, and South America. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School as a student of Margaret Pardee. She was also greatly influenced by her first teacher, Rochelle Walton, and her coaches Felix Galimir and Harry Shub. Ms. Pena has participated in various summer festivals, including Ravinia, Caramoor, Opera Saratoga, Bridgehampton, Monadnock, and Central Vermont. An active teacher, Ms. Pena is a faculty member of Mannes Preparatory Division and is College House Music Program Violin Instructor at the University of Pennsylvania. Since she began playing the violin at the age of four, she has received tremendous support and inspiration from family, friends, and colleagues, for which she continues to be very grateful.

Manhattan School of Music Precollege Faculty since 2021.