Caitlin Lynch, viola
Violist Caitlin Lynch has gained recognition and critical acclaim as an artist who enjoys a vibrant and diverse musical career. Having performed in fourteen countries on five continents, Ms. Lynch’s performances include memorable collaborations with artists ranging from Itzhak Perlman to Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and Bjork. She has performed with members of the Tokyo, Cleveland, Juilliard, Cavani, and Aeolus String Quartets, members of the Weilerstein Trio, and with Alarm Will Sound, A Far Cry, Atlanta Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra. Ms. Lynch performs regularly with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, Wordless Music, and Metropolis Ensemble. She has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, whose tours have featured her concerti performances across North America and Europe.
Ms. Lynch has performed at major venues across the globe, including Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls, National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing), NYC’s Bargemusic and Le Poisson Rouge, Sapporo Art Park (Japan), Jerusalem Music Centre, Miami’s New World Center, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, among others. Summer festival performances include the Lincoln Center Festival, Chelsea Music Festival, Festival Mozaic, Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, and the Pacific Music Festival’s Quartet Program.
Ms. Lynch is the Artistic Director, founder, and violist of Project Chamber Music: Willamette Valley. PCM is an innovative chamber music series and educational outreach program created to celebrate music and community in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. In addition to bringing chamber music concerts of the highest caliber to the Willamette Valley, PCM provides workshops free of charge in the Salem-Keizer School District for orchestral students of all ages, collaborates with students in public concerts, and raises funds for local music education.
Ms. Lynch has been Artist in Residence at Cleveland’s Judson Manor senior living community, an ongoing intergenerational relationship that has been lauded by CBS and NBC News, The Plain Dealer, and the New York Times.
A passionate teacher, Ms. Lynch is a faculty member at Third Street Music School and the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program. Additionally, she has taught in the public schools of Harlem as a Morse Fellow at The Juilliard School, traveled to South America to teach masterclasses and orchestral sectionals for El Sistema’s Sinfonia por la Vida, and worked as the chamber music teaching assistant at the Perlman Music Program Summer Music School. She has been featured as a Visiting Artist in a teaching and performance residency at The College of William and Mary, and served on the faculty at Stonybrook University’s Summer Chamber Music Camp.
Ms. Lynch is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she was a recipient of the prestigious Morse Fellowship, and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was honored with the Robert Vernon Prize in Viola. She also studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. Ms. Lynch performs on an 18th century viola made by English luthier William Forster. Her performances can be heard on NPR, WQXR (NYC), WCLV (Cleveland) radio, as well as PBS, New York Public Media’s WNET, and the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation’s NHK.