Player Spotlight ~ Aaron Mossburg ~ violist

Viola Opus 583, 16 5/8", 2006

"The Douglas Cox viola that I've been playing on for the last year is quite an amazing instrument. The sound is very responsive and has a wide range of colors. It projects well and is malleable in any sort of environment, whether a large or small hall, wet or dry, reverberant or acoustically dead. The sound is easy to adjust. This is important when switching from solo to chamber music to orchestra playing, switching from Bach to Schnittke. Each requires a certain style of maneuverability - never a problem with this viola."

Aaron Mossburg

Aaron Mossburg, violist, has been described as having a "fine, warm sound" (Cleveland Classical) and "much personality and a clear command" (Sarasota Herald Tribune). A native of rural Indiana, Aaron is currently a senior at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studies viola with Peter Slowik.

In November of 2011, Aaron gave his solo Carnegie Hall debut, which was sponsored by the Netherlands American Community Trust. At the age of 16, Aaron soloed with the Indianapolis Symphony as well as with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic on several occasions. Aaron has performed in other venues such as the Neue Gallery of Art in New York City and the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia. At Oberlin, he has participated on numerous occasions in the Danenberg Honors Recital, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. In the past couple of years, Aaron has also performed at Oberlin’s “Music at Oakton” concert series in the Washington D.C. area. In April 2012 he was first prize winner in the senior division of the Ohio Viola Society Competition.

During his sophomore year at Oberlin, Aaron was asked to serve as principal viola on the Oberlin Orchestra Asia Tour, where they performed throughout China’s most prestigious concert halls, as well as the Esplanade in Singapore. He has served as principal viola in orchestras such as the Honors Orchestra of America, Indianapolis Symphony’s Side-By-Side Program, Oberlin Symphony and Opera Orchestras, New World Youth Symphony, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Symphony. Aaron frequently substitutes with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Canton Symphony, and the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida.

In 2008, Aaron was selected to take part in the Perlman Music Program, founded by Itzhak Perlman and his wife, Toby. He has been very fortunate in recent years to have studied and collaborated with such teachers and artists as Itzhak Perlman, Heidi Castleman, Paul Katz, Donald Weilerstein, and Merry Peckham. Aaron has been a participant at the Sarasota Music Festival in Sarasota, Florida, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. Other past teachers and instructors include: Kim Kashkashian, Robert Vernon, James Dunham, Carol Rodland, Jeffrey Irvine, Barbara Westphal, Michael Isaac Strauss, Ronald Copes, Pamela Frank, Mark Sokol, Robert Levine, members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Cleveland Quartet, Takacs Quartet, Cavani String Quartet, Tokyo String Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, St. Petersburg Quartet, and the Jasper Quartet.

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