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Joseph SkerikArtist Affiliate: ViolaViola, Vega String Quartet

Born in 1999, American violist Joseph Skerik is a member of the Vega String Quartet, in residence at Emory University in Atlanta. His 2024-25 quartet activities include performances with Mark O’Connor, Ettore Causa and Jon Kimura Parker in the US and Mexico, as well as the premiere of a viola quintet by Paul Coletti. In 2024, the Vega Quartet was featured in concerts at the National Gallery in Washington DC in conjunction with a special exhibition of Mark Rothko works, and collaborated with musicians such as Zuill Bailey, Ransom Wilson and the Juilliard Quartet. In addition to studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Yale School of Music and the Paris Conservatory, Joseph has participated in the Kronberg Academy’s Chamber Music Connects the World, the Perlman Music Program and the Schiermonnikoog Festival in the Netherlands. 2024 summer performances include appearances in DC and Virginia with the Heifetz Institute, the Washington’s Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, the Ravinia Steans Institute, Highlands-Cashiers Festival and Viridian Strings, a series in Northern Michigan he co-founded in 2018. Joseph has been a guest artist at Heifetz’s Hear and Now Series, the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and the festivals of Lake George, Vivace and Kneisel Hall. He has performed chamber music with Ani Kavafian, Edward Arron, Ilya Kaler, Erin Keefe, Colin Carr, Andrew Shulman, Boris Slutsky, Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson. Joseph is a prize-winner at the AVS Competition and the 2022 Oskar Nedbal Viola Competition in Prague and was recently the featured soloist for the Heifetz Institute’s 2023 Winter Tour.