Brian Dembow, viola

 

Violist Brian Dembow is well-known in the field of chamber music.  First as a member of the New York String Quartet, then the Sequoia Quartet, and from 1988 until 2002 the Grammy-winning Angeles String Quartet, he has performed to critical acclaim for audiences world-wide. Born in New York City, he attended the Juilliard school at age 11 as a scholarship student of the renowned pedagogue Dorothy DeLay.  He was introduced to the viola at age 13 by the beloved violinist Joseph Gingold.  As a young violinist Brian began winning various competitions and awards, and at age 18 appeared abroad, touring Germany and Scandinavia with an orchestra. In 1978 Brian moved to Southern California and established himself as a teacher, concertmaster and chamber music performer on both the violin and viola.  As a member of the Angeles String Quartet, he won a Grammy for the ensemble’s recording of the complete 68 String Quartets of Joseph Haydn on the Philips Classic Label. In addition, Brian has recorded for the Delos, Sine Qua Non, CRI and Koch International labels.  For several years he has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, and recently has performed with the LA Opera Orchestra as Principal Viola.