Marcel Gemperli began viola study at the age of nine in his native New York state. While earning his Bachelor of Arts degree at Harvard University, he continued his viola studies, as well as after graduation in Germany and Switzerland. Mr. Gemperli currently serves as Principal Viola of the California Symphony and also performs with many Bay Area ensembles, including the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. He is much in demand at summer music festivals such as the Mendocino Music Festival, Telluride Chamber Music Festival, and the National Repertory Orchestra. He is active in the chamber group, “Music on the Hill,” recently presenting a recital at St. Aidan’s Church in San Francisco.