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Heather Wittels, Violin


Heather Wittels (H.Wittels), Violin


Heather Wittels is a member of the first violin section of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra and the Associate Concertmaster of the Glimmerglass Opera Festival Orchestra in Cooperstown, NY.  The 2011-12 season brings her debut on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, as well as her debut on WFMT radio at the ‘Live from Mayne Stage’ series, performing with her piano quartet from Lyric Opera of Chicago.  Before joining Lyric, Heather was a Fellow of the New World Symphony, and for three summers a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow.  She has served as concertmaster of many orchestras, including the New World Symphony, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, the International Beethoven Festival Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.  Heather made her solo debut in June 2001 performing the Khachaturian Violin Concerto with the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and later that year she performed the same work with the St. Petersburg State Symphony in Russia.  More recently, she gave the American premiere of the violin concerto Bulls of Bashan by Gavin Bryars at the 2009 Spoleto Festival USA, for which Strad Magazine praised her “pure, singing tone”.

In 2005, Heather graduated cum laude from Yale University with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, with distinction.  Subsequently she earned an MM and GD in violin performance in the studio of Malcolm Lowe at the New England Conservatory, as beneficiary of the 2007 Tourjée Alumni Award for graduate study. 

Performances by Heather Wittels

Composer Title Date Action
Johannes Brahms Violin sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100 06/20/2012 Play Add to playlist
George Gershwin "It Ain't Necessarily So," from Porgy and Bess 06/20/2012 Play Add to playlist
George Gershwin Bess, You Is My Woman Now, from Porgy and Bess 06/20/2012 Play Add to playlist
Henryk Wieniawski Polonaise Brillante in A Major, Op. 21 06/20/2012 Play Add to playlist

Heather Wittels Concerts

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