Violist Maria Lambros joins the New England Conservatory faculty beginning with the 2014–2015 academic year.
Lambros has performed as a chamber musician throughout the world. As a member of three of the country's finest string quartets, she has played in venues such as the Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Library of Congress. She was a member of the renowned Ridge String Quartet, which was nominated for the 1993 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance for their recording of the Dvorak Piano Quintets with pianist Rudolf Firkusny. The recording won Europe's prestigious Diapason d'Or in the same year. She was also a founding member of the Naumburg Award–winning Meliora String Quartet, which was Quartet-in-Residence at the Spoleto Festivals of the U.S., Italy, and Australia, and which recorded Mendelssohn's Octet with the Cleveland Quartet. She was most recently a member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet and is currently the violist with the New York based chamber ensemble La Fenice.
Lambros appears regularly at a number of major chamber music festivals, including Yellow Barn, Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, Aspen, Santa Fe, Tanglewood, La Jolla, Caramoor, Vancouver, Norfolk, Skaneateles, Chamber Music West, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, and New York's Mostly Mozart Festival. A sought after collaborator, she has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Peabody Trio, and the Cleveland, Guarneri, Juilliard, Muir, Brentano, Borromeo, Colorado, and Orion Quartets, among others, and has performed with many distinguished artists including Leon Fleisher, Jan De Gaetani, Walter Trampler, Paula Robison, Pamela Frank, Joshua Bell, and Steven Isserlis.
Lambros has been involved in commissioning new works and has had many works written especially for her, including a Viola Concerto, three Viola Sonatas and numerous pieces for viola in combination with other instruments. She has an avid interest in period instruments, and has performed and recorded with Context of Houston and appeared as a guest with Musica Rara Baltimore.
A native of Missoula, Montana, she was named one of "Montana's Leading Artists and Entertainers of the 20th Century," a millennial list highlighting the last 100 years of Montanans' exceptional contributions to art and culture. In addition to her work at NEC, Lambros is a faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and has been a member of the Yellow Barn Music School and Festival faculty for the past 14 years.
B.M. with the Performer’s Certificate, Eastman School of Music; M.A., Humanities and Social Thought, New York University. Viola studies with Eugene Andrie, Martha Katz, Donald Weilerstein, Jeffrey Irvine, Joyce Robbins. Chamber music studies with the Cleveland, Juilliard, Tokyo Quartets, Felix Galimir, Eugene Lehner, Alexander Schneider, Robert Mann. Recordings on RCA. Telarc, CRI, BMG, Ecoclassics, Bridge. Former faculty, Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, Harvard University, University of Delaware, Florida State University, and the Longy School of Music. Also faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Yellow Barn Music School and Festival.
photo by Carol Shulman