Keats Dieffenbach, violin & viola
Since making her concerto debut at the age of eight with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, Keats Dieffenbach has made her mark as a unique artist with infinitely varied interests and abilities. Equally comfortable on the stages of Carnegie Hall and on the set of Saturday Night Live, she was recently described as “a poet-musician performing. . . with deep expression and technical mastery” (Classical Voice of North Carolina) and has been soloist with the North Carolina Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, North Carolina School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, and Lake Placid Sinfonietta. She appeared at Skidmore College with the ACJW. In demand as an interpreter of contemporary music, Ms. Dieffenbach is a founding member of Tetras Quartet, with whom she recently appeared at Carnegie Hall’s Steve Reich at 70 Series performing Reich’s Triple Quartet under the guidance of the composer. She performs regularly with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, A Far Cry chamber orchestra, and Argento Chamber Ensemble. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Dieffenbach has collaborated with Donald Weilerstein, Paula Robison, Bonnie Hampton, Michael Kannen, and with members of the Mendelssohn Quartet, Peabody Trio, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Los Angeles Piano Quartet. As recitalist and chamber musician she has performed at BargeMusic, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall, Yellow Barn Music School and Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Taos School of Music, the FOCUS! Festival at Lincoln Center, Jordan Hall, and Columbia University’s Miller Theatre. In 2003 she led the Juilliard Symphony in its Carnegie Hall debut. She recently completed a residency as concertmaster of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta and has served as concertmaster under such renowned conductors as David Atherton, Dennis Russell Davies, Sir Roger Norrington, Gerard Schwarz, Andrew Litton, and Ransom Wilson. Ms. Dieffenbach holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Juilliard School where she studied with Robert Mann. She has served on the faculty of Yellow Barn Young Artist Program. She plays an 1866 J. B. Vuillaume violin generously on loan from Robertson and Sons Violins.