Frank Foerster, principal violist of New York Scandia Symphony, enjoys a varied career as orchestral and chamber musician, soloist and composer. He studied at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin and with Yehudi Menuhin in Switzerland. He received his masters and doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School in New York. Since 1988, he has been principal violist of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra where he has performed Bartok’s viola concerto with this orchestra under Zdenek Macal. After winning the Aspen Concerto Competition, he performed Hindemith’s viola concerto with the Aspen Festival Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he performs regularly with several New York based groups. Foerster’s talent as a composer became apparent in a recital at Manhattan’s Donnell Auditorium, when he performed three of his own compositions for viola and piano: Tourmaline, Moonstone and Aquamarine. The Scandia String Quartet and Scandia String Orchestra have performed a number of Foerster’s compositions, including his Suite of Old Icelandic Folk Tunes, Summer in Fort Tryon Park, Suite of Scandinavian Folk Melodies, Three Finnish Dances and The Eagles of Inwood Hill. Mr. Foerster is on the faculty of New Jersey City University, teaching viola, violin and chamber music. An avid educator, he has created numerous musical fairy tale programs for students and children on the autism spectrum, bringing understanding and appreciation of classical music to the new audiences of tomorrow. In 2014 he received an ASCAP Composers’ Award for his creative work.
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