Joined the RPO in 2014
Olivia Chew, a native of Long Island, joined the RPO in 2014 and served as assistant principal viola in the 2014-15 season. Previously, she served as assistant principal viola in the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and was a member of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. During her fellowship years at the Aspen Music Festival she served as principal viola of the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen. As an active chamber musician, Chew performs regularly as a guest artist with the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester, the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, MN and the Rock Creek Trio in Baltimore, MD.
Chew started piano studies at the age 4 and violin at age 8. Chew was a scholarship recipient at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she switched to viola and earned both bachelors and masters degrees. After her studies at IU, Chew received a full scholarship to Manhattan School of Music’s Orchestral Studies program, where she collaborated with Leonard Slatkin and Glenn Dicterow in a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade after Plato’s Symposium at Carnegie Hall. Before Ms. Chew’s viola studies with Stephen Wyrczynski and Karen Dreyfus, she studied violin with Dr. Brenda Brenner.