Violist Justin Ouellet attended Temple University and holds a joint BA in Viola Performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College and Emerson College. His private teachers have included Mimi Denton Bravar, Dimitri Murrath, Laura Bossert, and Che-hung Chen, and he has coached with Colin Carr, Yizhak Schotten, Paul Yarbrough, and members of the Pacifica Quartet, Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Having collaborated with some of the world’s leading players including members of the Seoul Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Ballet and Opera Orchestras, as well as members of the Alexander and Hausmann Quartets, Justin is quickly garnering a reputation as a top performer of chamber, orchestral and contemporary repertoire for his instrument. He has performed under conductors such as David Lawton, Cyrus Ginwala, David Milnes, Jonathan Schiffman, David Amado, Grammy Award winners John McLaughlin Williams and Arnie Roth, and in venues including Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, The National Opera Center and the Kimmel Center. Residencies include Longy School of Music and Providence College, and festival performances include the Atlantic Music Festival, PARMA New Music Festival, The Philadelphia Music Festival, Fosja, and the St. Marks International Music Festival. He has recorded for film, video game and new music projects with PARMA, WGBH, Fort Apache Studios, and Camp Street Studios. He currently serves on the faculty of the Oakland School for the Arts where he oversees middle and high school chamber and orchestral ensembles and teaches classes in music theory. He is a core member of the new music repertory group CMASH which is committed to establishing and nurturing long-term collaborative relationships between composers and performers. Current collaborations include the commission of a Sonata for viola and piano by Dr. Vartan Aghababian, slated for premiere in 2016, and a new work for viola and piano by Houston-based composer John Grimmett.
Justin Ouellet, viola