Player Spotlight ~ Charles Galante ~ Viola

Opus 640, Ceruti 1800

“The viola really changed the way I approached and performed the Clarke Sonata. It responds with such ease and has such a clear sound. I wanted to let you know that I was accepted to the Sarasota Music festival to study with Kim Kashkashian, Robert Vernon, James Dunham and Barbara Westphal! It would have never happened without this instrument!”

Charles Galante

Hailed as “…truly illuminating and elegant…”(Herald Tribune), Violist Charles Galante began his studies at the age of 9 in his hometown of Northport, New York. He continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College where he studied with Patinka Kopec and Tali Kravitz.  Currently, Charlie is a sophomore at the Juilliard School where he studies with Misha Amory.

As an avid chamber musician, Charles has enjoyed being coached by members of the Guarneri, Emerson, Cleveland, Ying, Fine Arts, Dover, Michelangelo and Bryant Park Quartets.  He has had performances broadcast live on WSMR and WQXR young artists showcase. During past summers Charles has attended the Sarasota Music Festival, Heifetz Institute, Sejong International Music festival at the Curtis Institute and the Manhattan in the Mountains.  At the Heifetz Institute he was chosen to perform on the coveted Celebrity Series and has had the opportunity of performing with James Dunham, Elmar Oliviera, Antonio Lysy and Charles Wetherbee. Currently, Charles tours the East Coast as a member of “Heifetz on Tour” and will be collaborating with the Baltimore Symphony/coaching members of the Baltimore Youth Symphony in the upcoming season.

Praised for performing with “..absolute beauty, musicianship and integrity..” (, Charles is also an accomplished orchestral musician, serving as principle of the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Philharmonic, Long Island Youth Orchestra, and Heifetz Big Band among many others and as Assistant Principle of the Eastman Philharmonia/Opera. Charles has performed in master classes for Misha Amory, Hsin-Yun Huang, Kim Kashkashian, James Dunham, Barbara Westphal, Martha Katz, Robert Vernon, Carol Rodland, Lawrence Dutton, Karen Dreyfus, Karen Ritscher and Peter Serkin. He has performed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall and Tilles Center, to Oheka Castle as well as soloist with the Northport Symphony.

He plays on a viola made by Douglas Cox, on generous loan from the Virtu Foundation and is a recipient of a C. & H. Lewine Scholarship at The Juilliard School.

Charlie loves baseball, has a dog named Max, and says that his grandma makes the best red sauce/pasta on the planet.

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