Ed Gazouleas

Gie and Lisa Liem Artistic Director
Viola / Performance

Ed Gazouleas was a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 24 years, where he held the Lois and Harlan Anderson Viola Chair and led the viola section on many occasions, notably with conductors such as Colin Davis, Kurt Masur, and André Previn. While in Boston, he was active in orchestra governance, chairing the orchestra’s artistic advisory committee and serving on the search committee that selected Andris Nelsons to be the orchestra’s music director. He has maintained his connection with the orchestra as head of orchestra activities for the Tanglewood Music Center, a position he has held since 2019.

As a chamber music performer, Mr. Gazouleas has appeared with members of the Fine Arts, Pacifica, Muir, Lydian, and  Johannes string quartets, among others. A prize-winner at the Eighth International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France, he has also collaborated with such artists as Christian Tetzlaff, Stephanie Blythe, Roberto Díaz, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, and the principal string players of the Cleveland Orchestra. In addition, he has worked with many composers, among them Sir Michael Tippett, John Harbison, and Osvaldo Golijov. In 2019 he performed the North American premiere of Letters from Warsaw by English composer Joseph Phibbs.

Mr. Gazouleas has also served on the faculties of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Boston University College of Fine Arts, Boston Conservatory, Wellesley College, and New England Conservatory. He is in demand as an orchestral clinician around the country. Recent master class engagements have taken him to the New World Symphony in Miami, National Orchestral Institute and Festival, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2019 he traveled to Mexico City for a recital and series of master classes at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Mr. Gazouleas is a 1984 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied viola with Michael Tree and Karen Tuttle. He joined the Curtis faculty in 2017 and was named the Gie and Lisa Liem Artist Director in 2021.