Uri Wassertzug (viola)
Uri Wassertzug has appeared widely as a member of chamber music groups and as a guest artist, including performances in New Zealand and Alaska. He was a founding member of the Sun Quartet, which serves on the faculty of California State University, Sacramento He appears on CDs with both the Sun Quartet and the Empyrean Ensemble, a new-music group. In 1998, Mr. Wassertzug joined the Washington National Opera/ Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra in Washington DC, and he performs frequently as Guest Principal Violist with the National Philharmonic. He was a member of the Sacramento Symphony for its final six years, and has performed with many other symphonic and opera orchestras in the United States. In the summers, he has also performed in groups such as the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho, the International Orchestra of Italy, and the Cabrillo Music Festival in Santa Cruz, CA. Mr. Wassertzug teaches viola at George Washington University, and previously taught viola, violin, and chamber music at California State University in Sacramento. He has coached violists and violinists of various youth orchestras, including the DC Youth Orchestra and the California Youth Symphony. Mr. Wassertzug earned a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from the University of Maryland in College Park, and a Master of Music in Chamber Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.