Violist Brett Walfish has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Ireland, Italy, and Israel. Praised by conductor David Effron for a warm sound full of a “myriad of colors” Brett is an expressive, charismatic performer. Currently working towards a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University’s School of Music, he holds a Masters Degree and Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music from the Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music in Bloomington. His primary teachers include Lawrence Dutton, Nicholas Cords, Martha Katz, and Atar Arad. Brett has also attended summer festivals including the Encore School for Strings, the Heifetz Institute of Music, and the Keshet Eilon Summer Mastercourse.
An avid chamber musician, Brett performs often with the Stony Brook Chamber Ensemble. As he is dedicated to bringing Classical music to newer and younger generations, he particularly enjoys performing for Living Room Chamber Music Parties with the newly founded organization, Groupmuse. He has also studied chamber music with the Emerson String Quartet, Atar Arad, and Jorja Fleezanis. Further, Brett has collaborated with artists including 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.
Raised in South Florida, Brett began playing the violin at age three. His primary teachers were Carole Cole, Stephanie Firdman, and Michael Klotz. In his free time, he enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, computer programming, playing with dogs and his cat, Maple.