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Joseph de Pasquale

Viola, Orchestral Repertoire (Viola)

A 1942 Curtis graduate, Joseph de Pasquale studied with Louis Bailly, Max Aronoff, and William Primrose; he also prizes his association with Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky, with whom he recorded and performed in Carnegie Hall.

Mr. de Pasquale joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as principal viola in 1947. In Boston he premiered a concerto composed for him by Walter Piston, and he gave the first Boston performances of concertos by Walton and Milhaud. He joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as principal viola in 1964, a position he held until his retirement in 1996.

He has appeared as a soloist frequently with the Philadelphia Orchestra and has made numerous appearances as a soloist with other orchestras in the United States and abroad, including the Hanover Symphony under Aldo Ceccato and the Hamburg Symphony under Klaus Tennstedt. Albany Records released his CD Soaring Spirit in 2005.

Mr. de Pasquale has served on the faculties of the Peabody Institute, Indiana University, New England Conservatory, and the Tanglewood Institute. Mr. de Pasquale joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1964.

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Meet the Faculty: Joseph de Pasquale
Overtones, September 1993