Maria Lambros

Maria Lambros, viola (Baltimore, MD), is the violist of the Cooperstown Quartet and La Fenice, and was a former member of the Mendelssohn, Meliora and Ridge String Quartets, which performed in venues including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Wigmore Hall in London, the Library of Congress and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has performed as a guest with the Guarneri, Cleveland, Juilliard, Brentano, Borromeo and Orion Quartets and the Peabody Trio. With her quartets, she received the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, Europe's Diapason d'Or and a Grammy nomination for Best Chamber Music Performance. She has recorded for RCA, Bridge, CRI, Zephyr and Telarc, and a recording of the Brahms Viola Quintets with the New Zealand Quartet was recently released on Naxos. Her festival appearances include Spoleto, Santa Fe, Tanglewood, Four Seasons, Caramoor, Norfolk, Chamber Music Northwest, Chesapeake, Aspen and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She has had many works written for her, including four viola sonatas, a viola concerto, songs for voice and viola and chamber works for viola in combination with other instruments. She has performed and recorded on period instruments with Context of Houston and is on the chamber music faculty of the Peabody Institute, where she founded the Peabody String Sinfonia. She considers flutist Paula Robison, pianist Leon Fleisher, violinists Donald Weilerstein and Segiu Luca and harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper to be her most significant influences. Maria recently started Our Joyful Noise Baltimore, a non-profit organization that brings an ongoing and accessible concert series to a prison, shelter for veterans, cancer treatment residence and for families living with autism. Previous Yellow Barn musician (since 2000)