Praised by critics for his “attractive and memorable sound” and a “fluid command of the fingerboard”, violist Brenton Caldwell has performed throughout the world as soloist, chamber, orchestral musician and pedagogue. He was an inaugural fellow of New York City's Ensemble Connect program and won prizes in the National Young Artist Competition and Watson Forbes International Viola Competition. Brenton has performed in the viola sections of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He has performed and participated in the festivals of Amelia Island, Banff, Music@Menlo, Music from Angel Fire, Pacific Music Festival, Perlman Music Program, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, and Verbier’s Academy. A devoted chamber musician, Mr. Caldwell has performed alongside artists such as Toby Appel, Roberto Díaz, Ida Kavafian, Menahem Pressler, Steven Tenenbom, Donald Weilerstein, and Eugenia Zukerman. Brenton began viola studies at the age of 12 and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, artist diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, and master’s degree from the Lynn University Conservatory. Brenton has been fortunate to study with luminaries such as Misha Amory, Roberto Díaz, Susan Dubois, Ralph Fielding, Kim Kashkashian, Jeffrey Irvine, Lynne Ramsey, and Karen Tuttle, to whom he served as a teaching assistant. A dedicated teacher, Mr. Caldwell has served on the faculties of Texas Strings Camp and the Curtis Summerfest Young Artists Summer Program. Based in Dallas, he frequently performs with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He currently teaches at Richland College and Texas Music Institute in Dallas
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