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Candice Amato, Viola

Candice Amato, violist, enjoys a versatile career as a chamber musician, recitalist, orchestral player, and teacher. A newly appointed member of the Tucson SymphonyOrchestra, she will also join the St. Andrew’s Bach Society and Tucson Chamber Artists for concerts in the 2014-2015 season. For two years, she performed in the opera orchestra at the Castleton Festival under the direction of Maestro Lorin Maazel. 

Candice has performed at concert venues across the U.S. and abroad, including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Ravinia, and the Smithsonian Natural History Museum’s Baird Auditorium. A former member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, she is also an active chamber musician, and has played at the Bowdoin, Manchester, and Harlaxton chamber music festivals. She is a passionate supporter of music written by the current generation, and has recorded an album of music by Michael Tenzer with Ossia New Music, released by New World Records. In addition to performing in concert halls, Candice is dedicated to bringing music to the community in innovative ways, such as the “If Music Be the Food” benefit concert series, established to increase support for the hungry in Rochester, New York and other communities.  

Candice was a recipient of the Howard Hanson Scholarship at the Eastman School of Music, where she received a B.M. under the tutelage of Carol Rodland and John Graham. She went on to receive a M.M. from the Peabody Conservatory, where she was a full scholarship student of Victoria Chiang and Li-Kuo Chang. She plays on a French viola made by Georges Chanot I in 1878.

When she’s not occupied by musical pursuits, Candice enjoys experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, practicing Reiki, and getting to know the beautiful Southwestern flora and fauna.