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. 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 Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, 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. He has performed under conductors such as Gerard Schwarz, David Lawton, Cyrus Ginwala, David Milnes, Jonathan Schiffman, David Amado, Grammy Award winners John McLaughlin Williams and Arnie Roth. Residencies and summer festivals include the Atlantic Music Festival, Festival of Youth Symphonies of Americas, St. Marks International Music Festival, PARMA New Music Festival, The Philadelphia Music Festival. Justin currently serves on the faculty of the Oakland School for the Arts as Co-Director of chamber music and orchestral studies. 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 new works for viola and piano from Boston-based composer Vartan Aghababian, New York-based composer Nicky Sohn and Houston-based composer John Grimmett.
Justin Ouellet & Hillary Nordwell