Maria Lambros, viola
Violist Maria Lambros has performed as a chamber musician throughout the world as a member of three of the country's finest string quartets in venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, London's Wigmore Hall, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, New York's Lincoln Center and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. She was a member of the renowned Ridge String Quartet, which was nominated for the 1993 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance for their recording of the Dvorak Piano Quintets with pianist Rudolf Firkusny on the RCA label. The recording won Europe's prestigious Diapason d'Or in the same year. She was also a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning Meliora String Quartet, which was Quartet-in-Residence at the Spoleto Festivals of the U.S., Italy, and Australia, and which recorded Mendelssohn's Octet with the Cleveland Quartet on the Telarc label. She was most recently a member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet, which held residences at Harvard University and New York’s Town Hall and is currently the violist with the New York based chamber ensemble, La Fenice and The Cooperstown Quartet.
Ms. Lambros appears regularly at a number of major chamber music festivals, including Yellow Barn, Chesapeake, Aspen, Vancouver, Santa Fe, Tanglewood, La Jolla, Caramoor, Helsinki, Norfolk, Rockport, Skaneateles, Bard, Cascade Head, Chamber Music West, New York's Mostly Mozart Festival and the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival. She also performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, DaCamera Society and Context of Houston, and with the Guarneri, Cleveland, Juilliard, Muir, Brentano, Borromeo, Colorado, and Orion Quartets as well as the Peabody Trio and Triple Helix. She will be recording the two Brahms Viola Quintets with the New Zealand Quartet in 2016. Notable collaborators include Leon Fleisher, Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Walter Trampler, Paula Robison and Jan De Gaetani.
Ms. Lambros has had many pieces written especially for her, including four Viola Sonatas, a Viola Concerto and numerous chamber works for viola with other instruments, including Gerald Cohen’s Yedid Nefesh for viola, clarinet and piano, which she recently recorded with Vasko Dukovski and Alexandra Joan. She is also involved in historical performance and recorded Schumann's Piano Quartet and Quintet on period instruments with the violinist Sergiu Luca.
After attending the Eastman School of Music, where she was awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate in Viola, she earned a Master's degree in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University. A native of Missoula, Montana, she was named one of "Montana's Leading Artists and Entertainers of the 20th Century," a millenial list highlighting the last 100 years of Montanans' exceptional contributions to art and culture. A devoted teacher, Ms. Lambros currently teaches chamber music at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and is a faculty member of the Yellow Barn Music School.