Sheila Browne – Viola

An American with Irish citizenship, violist Sheila Browne has performed in major halls on six continents as a soloist and chamber artist, has recorded for the Sony, Nonesuch, Bridge, MSR, and Albany labels, and has premiered several concerti written for her. She has performed / recorded with many great artists including Audra Macdonald, Carol Wincenc, David Krakauer, Ruth Laredo, Richard Stoltzman, Diaz Trio, and American, Audubon, Brentano, Borromeo, Calidore, Cleveland, Guarneri, Juilliard, Shanghai and Vermeer quartet members.

Honored to be named the William Primrose International Memorial Recitalist of 2016, Sheila was Karen Tuttle’s Teaching Assistant at The Juilliard School (B. M.), received an Aufbau degree with soloist Kim Kashkashian at MusikHochschule- Freiburg and M.M. at Rice University with Karen Ritscher and Paul Katz. She is on the viola faculty at Tianjin Juilliard School, and appears at festivals in US, Europe and in China. A dedicated teacher, Sheila has given masterclasses all over the world, including Lubeck MusikHochschule, Liszt Academy-Budapest, Leopold Mozart Academy, Seoul National, Juilliard, Cleveland Institute, Eastman, Manhattan School, New England Conservatory, Oberlin, Peabody, University of Michigan, as well as in London, Paris, Berlin, Lisbon, Barcelona, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Israel, China, and Taiwan. Her students have earned scholarships to most of the major music schools in the US, and many in Asia, and Europe, and can be found professionally in performing, teaching and in administrative roles. She has been invited to perform in viola congresses in South Africa, Australia, Eastman and Oberlin, and was the Director of the Karen Tuttle January Workshop for five years as well as an elected Executive Board member of the American Viola Society.