Violist, Brett Walfish, co-founder and Executive Director of the Rushmore Music Festival, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Ireland, Italy, and Israel. Praised by the conductor David Effron for a warm sound full of a “myriad of colors,” Brett is an expressive and charismatic performer. Brett has collaborated with artists including Philip Setzer, Atar Arad, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Stephan Barratt-Due, Annie Fullard, Michael Klotz, Rudolf Koelman, Misha Vitenson, and Hillel Zori. He has also performed with the highly acclaimed conductorless chamber orchestra A Far Cry. Mr. Walfish is a devoted teacher of violin, viola, and chamber music, and has served on the chamber music faculty for undergraduate music at Stony Brook University.
A dedicated pedagogue, Mr. Walfish has studied violin/viola pedagogy with the legendary Mimi Zweig and Brenda Brenner at the Indiana University Jacob's School of Music. He has additionally completed certification courses in Dalcroze Eurythmics at the Lucy Moses School, and completed a two-year long-term Suzuki teacher training certification at the School for Strings in New York City.
His primary teachers included Lawrence Dutton, Nicholas Cords, Martha Katz, and Atar Arad. Mr. Walfish also studied chamber music with the Emerson String Quartet, the Borromeo String Quartet, the Cleveland String Quartet, and Jorja Fleezanis. He holds a Master’s Degree and a Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music in Bloomington.