Suzanne Rousso, artistic director, viola

Suzanne Rousso was trained at the Curtis Institute of Music, The Eastman School and the New England Conservatory, earning Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in viola performance. Some of her teachers included Eugene Becker, Max Aronoff, Heidi Castleman and Walter Trampler. In her early career she held orchestral positions around the country, including with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, The Amarillo (TX) Symphony, The New Mexico Symphony, the Spoleto Festival and the Santa Fe Opera. From 1989-2001 Suzanne was principal violist of the Greensboro Symphony and performed regularly with the North Carolina Symphony. Additionally, from 1999-2006 she was a faculty member and performer at the Eastern Music Festival, where she also served as personnel manager.

Ms. Rousso was appointed Director of Education for the North Carolina Symphony in May 1999 where she oversaw all aspects of the Symphony’s education program and in late 2006, she was appointed Director of Operations and Education of the Portland (Maine) Symphony. While in Maine she performed as a member of the Vermont Symphony, PortOpera, Opera Boston and the Portland Chamber Orchestra.

Suzanne returned from Maine to North Carolina in the summer of 2008 to become the Artistic Director of the Mallarmé Chamber Players, where she also performs as a violist. She is a free lance musician in the Triangle area, and performs with North Carolina Opera, Carolina Ballet, the Choral Society of Durham and others.  In 2009, she received a Regional Artist grant from The United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County that assisted her in purchasing a baroque viola and an Emerging Artist Grant from The Durham Arts Council in 2013 for additional Baroque technique studies. She attended the Amherst Early Music Festival in July 2012, where she appeared as a guest artist with the Amherst faculty, as well as Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute,Tafelmusic’s Baroque Winter Institute and is a member of the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra.

Suzanne is a Board member of Arts North Carolina, an arts advocacy organization, and is also the President of the Board for the American Federation of Musicians, Local 500.

 

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