Festival Artist

VERONICA SALAS – viola

With her ‘fluidly lyrical’ playing (New York Times), violist Veronica Salas is a versatile performer and teacher who has been featured as soloist, chamber musician and master class artist throughout the world. As soloist Salas has performed with Mostly Mozart, LIU Post Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, USC Symphony, Colonial and Westfield Symphonies. Under the auspices of the State Department, she has given recitals and master classes in Hong Kong, the Philippines and Taiwan as well as touring the Greek Isles as violist of the Elysium String Quartet. As violist of Modern Works the recording of Ge Gan-Ru String Quartets, on the Naxos label, was chosen by critics of The New York Times as a notable recording of 2009. Highlights of other recordings include a Virgil Thomson CD where Salas is featured, an all Mozart CD with Stanley Drucker and the Bach Brandenburg Concerti featuring Lukas Foss. An avid chamber musician, Salas is violist of Pierrot Consort, Elysium Ensemble, Modern Works, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Canta Libre, and Queens Chamber Band in which she plays concertos on viola and viola d’amore. She has performed chamber music with Yoyo Ma, Eric Friedman, Lawrence Dutton, Joseph Fuchs and Stanley Drucker. Salas is presently principal violist of American Composers Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, Manhattan Philharmonic, Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and Westfield Symphony. She is on the faculties of LIU Post and Bennington Chamber Music Conference. Salas received her B.M.A., M.M.A. and D.M.A. from The Juilliard School where she studied with Lillian Fuchs.