Joan DerHovsepian, viola
Violist Joan DerHovsepian has been a member of the Peninsula Music Festival since 1992. Previous solo performances with the PMF include Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #6, Harold in Italy by Berlioz, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, and the Penderecki and Walton Viola Concertos.
Ms. DerHovsepian holds the position of Associate Principal Viola of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. She joined the viola section of the Houston Symphony in 1999, and began her new position with the HS in the fall of 2010. She is an Artist Teacher of Viola at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, instructing students in viola orchestral repertoire and chamber music. She has given master classes at the New England Conservatory of Music and the New World Symphony. In addition to her time in Wisconsin, she spends her summers in Wyoming at the Grand Teton Music Festival and with the Mimir Chamber Music Festival in both Ft. Worth, Texas and Melbourne, Australia.
Ms. DerHovsepian is an active performer of chamber music in Houston and throughout the United States. As a member of the Everest Quartet, she concertized throughout the U.S. and Canada and won top prizes in the Banff and Fischoff competitions. She was Principal Viola of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and played in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. DerHovsepian was the second prize recipient of the 1995 William Primrose Memorial Scholarship Competition. Her teachers include Kim Kashkashian and James Dunham.