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Joseph SkerikArtist Affiliate: ViolaViola, Vega String Quartet

Born in 1999, American violist Joseph Skerik is the newly-appointed violist of the Vega String Quartet, in residence at Emory University and the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta. Joseph holds a Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and has also studied at the Yale School of Music, the Paris Conservatory and Interlochen Arts Academy. Joseph has attended and appeared at festivals such as the Heifetz Chamber Music Seminar, Highlands-Cashiers Festival, Perlman Music Program, Aspen Music Festival, Lake George Music Festival and has appeared twice on Heifetz’s Hear and Now Series as a member of the 2022 - 23 Heifetz Ensemble in Residence. As a dedicated chamber musician, Joseph has performed with musicians such as Ani Kavafian, Ilya Kaler, Jaime Laredo, Philip Setzer, Shmuel Ashkenazi, Andres Cardenes, and Shannon Lee, among others. Joseph is a Young Arts Merit Violist, a prize-winner at the American Viola Society Competition and most recently was awarded 3rd prize at the 4th Oskar Nedbal Viola Competition in Prague. His teachers include Ettore Causa, Jeffrey Irvine, Renee Skerik and David Holland. 

As an orchestral musician, Joseph has performed as principal of the Yale Philharmonia, the CIM Chamber and Opera Orchestra and the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, where he gave the New York premiere of Nico Muhly’s ‘So Far So Good’ as part of the New York Philharmonic’s Contemporary Music Biennial. 

Joseph is also a founding member of Viridian Strings, a growing chamber music series in his hometown of Interlochen, Michigan, which is anticipating its sixth season of summer concerts. In addition to his performances with Viridian, Joseph will be performing at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute and as an Emerging Artist at the 2023 Vivace Festival under the direction of Ani Kafavian. He plays on a Helmuth Keller viola previously owned by Michael Ouzounian, former principal of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.