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Danielle Farina Adjunct Artist in Music

Violist Danielle Farina enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, teacher and recording artist. Formerly with the Lark Quartet and the Elements Quartet, Danielle currently performs with a number of ensembles in the New York area. In addition to performing, she is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Performance Program, Vassar College, Hunter College and the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division.

  • BM, Curtis Institute of Music
  • At Vassar since 2011

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  • Viola

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Violist Danielle Farina enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, teacher and recording artist.

A former member of the Lark Quartet, Ms. Farina toured extensively in North America, Europe, and Scandinavia performing at some of the most prestigious venues and festivals including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, Schleswig Holstein Festival, and the International Istanbul Music Festival. While with the Lark, Ms. Farina recorded Aaron Kernis’ string quartets, music of Amy Beach, and music of Giovanni Sollima. A former member of the Elements Quartet as well, she participated in the Tibor Varga Festival in Budapest, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, been in residence at Utah Valley State College, and premiered “Snaphots”, a project commissioning dozens of composers from Regina Carter to Angelo Badalamenti, John Corigliano and many more.

A proponent of new music, Ms. Farina premiered Peter Schickele's Viola Concerto with the Pasadena Symphony and recorded Viola concertos by Jon Bauman and Andy Teirstein in addition to Anthony Newman’s Sonata on the Planets for Viola and Piano. Music of Robert Paterson, John Musto, and Eric Ewazen are also part of the discography, in addition to Morton Feldman's “Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello” and Pierre Jalbert’s “Secret Alchemy” and “String Trio”.

She performs regularly with a number of ensembles in the NY area and around the country, among them the Bedford Chamber Ensemble, Music from Copland House, Lenape Chamber Ensemble, Portland Bach Festival, with whom she traveled to China; and the Palladium Chamber Players.

Ms. Farina is a member of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and the American Ballet Theater Orchestra and has served as principal violist of the Brooklyn Philharmonic.

An active teacher, Ms. Farina is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Performance Program, Vassar College, Hunter College, and the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Ms. Farina has studied with Karen Tuttle, Joseph dePasquale, Stephen Wyrczynski, and Byrnina Socolofsky.