Eastern Michigan University

College of Arts and Sciences

Music & Dance

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Scott Woolweaver

Viola

313 Alexander Building

734-487-2208

swoolwea@emich.edu

Education

B.M., University of Michigan

Courses Taught

  • Applied Viola

Biography

Scott Woolweaver, viola, graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan School of Music where he won the Joseph Knitzer and Earl V. Moore awards for outstanding participation in chamber music. After moving to Boston for graduate studies with Walter Trampler, he founded the Boston Composers String Quartet, which won the silver medal at the 1993 String Quartet Competition and Chamber Music Festa in Osaka, Japan. He was also a founding member of the Vaener String Trio, Grand Prize winners at the Joseph Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. From 1999-2006 he was a member of the Ives Quartet, based in San Francisco, CA, and for over 25 years he was a member of the New England Piano Quartette.

A champion of the music of our time, Scott has premiered many new works, including pieces written especially for him. Since 1980 he has been a member of Alea III, a contemporary music ensemble in residence at Boston University. Current affiliations also include the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston and the Grammy-nominated period chamber orchestra Boston Baroque, with whom he made his debut as viola d’amor soloist on New Year’s Eve, 1999. He has been soloist or guest artist with numerous organizations across the United States, including the Boston Chamber Music Society, Bay Chamber Concerts, the Cape & Islands Festival, Chamber Artists of Washington DC, Collage New Music, the Bangor (ME) Symphony, Les Violons du Roy (Quebec), the Handel & Haydn Society, and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. In 1985 he was a founding member of Chamber Music East (faculty, alumni and friends of the New England Conservatory) and the First Monday Series at Jordan Hall. Scott has recorded for Orion, Koch International, TelDec, Audiofon, Albany Records, Decca, and Northeastern Records

Mr. Woolweaver is on the faculty of the All Newton Music School in West Newton, MA , and is Artist Affiliate in Viola and Chamber Music at Tufts University in Medford, MA. He is a regular guest of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society and is Director of the Adult Chamber Music Institute at Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill, ME.

Scott plays a Johan Georg Thir viola made in Vienna, 1737.

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Links to performances by Scott Woolweaver can be found on YouTube at:
 
Milonga  Today  for Viola and Guitar by Bruno Cavallaro:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQ2lCUNtlTA
 
Concerto in G Major (mvts. I, II) by Georg Philip Telemann:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNqwSFQ2n4g
 
Concerto in G Major (mvt. III) by Georg Philip Tememann:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MamzUv3ZJp8
 
Concerto in G Major (mvt. IV) by Georg Philip Telemann:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TgphzpTz7Q

Sinfonia Concertante in Eb Major, K. 364 (mvt. I excerpt) by Mozart:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCLlZSk-5fM
 
Album Leaves, Op. 39, Nos. 1, 2, 4 & 6 by Hans Sitt:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fyMB28OLfU

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