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Praised by the New York Times for her “probing introspection”, and by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “a star“ with “a voluptuous tone,” violist Vicki Powell has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and has been a featured artist at the Verbier, Ravinia and Marlboro Music Festivals.


Ms. Powell is the recipient of a Gold Award in Music from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Other awards include top prizes at the Primrose International Viola Competition, the Philadelphia Orchestra Greenfield Competition, the Johansen International Competition, and the Aspen Low Strings Competition.


An avid chamber musician, Ms. Powell performs as a member of Ensemble39, a contemporary wind and string quintet devoted to commissioning new music and pushing the boundaries of the concert experience.  Ms. Powell has also been invited on tours across the country with Musicians from Marlboro, Musicians from Ravinia's Steans Institute, and Curtis on Tour. She has collaborated with prominent artists such as Mitsuko Uchida, Arnold Steinhardt, Ida Kavafian, Peter Wiley, Miriam Fried, Jonathan Biss, Joseph Lin, Carter Brey, Steven Tenenbom, and Joseph Silverstein.


As an orchestral musician, Ms. Powell has made Principal appearances with the San Diego Symphony, the Chicago Philharmonic, and the Amarillo Symphony, and currently serves as Principal of Symphony in C. She also performs frequently with the New York Philharmonic.


Ms. Powell is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Misha Amory and Roberto Diaz.

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