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  • Sheila Browne, Associate Professor, Viola

    Associate Professor, Viola
    University of Delaware
    Amy E. du Pont Music Building
    Newark, DE 19716


    ​Violist Sheila Browne enjoys an international career as a soloist, chamber musician, professor and as an orchestral principal. Having performed in major halls on five continents, she is an American from the Philadelphia area who also has Irish citizenship. She has been hailed by the New York Times as a "stylish player" for her concerto playing in Carnegie Hall, and by Robert Mann of the Juilliard Quartet as "one of America's most important violists." Ms. Browne has soloed with the Juilliard Orchestra, Kiev Philharmonic, New World Symphony, in Carnegie Hall with the New York Women's Ensemble, South African International Viola Congress Festival Orchestra and the Viva Vivaldi!, Reina Sofia and German-French chamber orchestras, among others. Ms. Browne is the violist of the Serafin String Quartet and full-time faculty at the University of Delaware, as well as a member of the Fire Pink Trio.

    Ms. Browne has recorded for the Nonesuch, Sony, Albany, Centaur, MSR and ERM labels. Her latest CD release Poetry in Motion with the Fire Pink Trio has garnered much critical acclaim. Another recent release features Joan Tower's Rising flute quintet with Carol Wincenc, chosen as CD of the month by Minnesota Public Radio. Ms. Browne has premiered a concerto written for her at the international viola congresses in Australia and South Africa, and was the only viola finalist in the 2004 International Pro Musicis Solo Awards at Carnegie Hall. She has performed and/or recorded with such esteemed musicians as Shmuel Ashkenazy, Miriam Fried, Gilbert Kalish, Paul Katz, Anton Kuerti, Ruth Laredo, Audra Macdonald, Joe Robinson, Arnold Steinhardt, Richard Stolzman, Carol Wincenc, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole and Lisa Loeb, as well as members of the Vermeer and Guarneri string quartets. Devoted to new music, she has worked with many esteemed composers such as Krystof Penderecki, William Bolcom and Joan Tower.

    She has been a member of the Arianna, Gotham and Pellegrini string quartets, and has performed and/or taught at many festivals including Banff, California Summer Music, Donaueschingen, Evian, Great Lakes, Jeunesses Musicales, Green Mountain, Kneisel Hall, Luzerne, Montecito, Music Academy of the West, Port Townsend, Sun Valley, Viva Virginia! and Tanglewood. A dedicated teacher, she has given recitals and/or master classes at many schools, including the Manhattan School of Music, Eastman, McGill, Oberlin, Rice University, Peabody Conservatory, Duke, University of North Texas, University of Michigan and Boston University. She served as artist-associate professor of viola at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, teaching residential high school, undergraduate and graduate musicians. Ms. Browne has also served on the faculties of New York, Duke and Tennessee universities, and the University of St Louis- Missouri. She was elected to the executive board of the American Viola Society, and is the first viola professor ever to teach in Iraqi Kurdistan at the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq’s inaugural year.

    Ms. Browne received a Naumburg scholarship and a Bachelor of Music degree at The Juilliard School, where she was famed pedagogue Karen Tuttle's teaching assistant for four years. She was awarded a German Academic Exchange (DAAD) scholarship to study with soloist Kim Kashkashian at the MusikHochschule in Freiburg, Germany, and Paul Katz was her quartet mentor while she was Karen Ritscher's teaching assistant at Rice University.



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  • Department of Music
  • Amy E. du Pont Music Building
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2578