LILA BROWN, violist, is co-founder and artistic director of the chamber music festival, Music from Salem, founded in 1986, and co-founder/director of the Music from Salem Viola Seminar since 2011.
After graduating from the Juilliard School she joined the Boston Symphony. Subsequently, pursuing a longtime goal of living in central Europe, she moved to Austria where she studied with Sandor Vegh, and became principal violist of the Camerata Academica Salzburg under his direction.
As a member of the Ensemble Modern, the world-renowned ensemble for new music in Frankfurt, Germany, Brown premiered works by Ligeti, Kurtag, Adams, Reich, Rhim, Zappa, and Lachenmann, among others. Her 30-year-long association with the International Musicians Seminar in Cornwall, England, has included tours, and concerts at Wigmore Hall.
Brown is a frequent performer with the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, The Boston Artists Ensemble and The Horten Kammermusikkfest in Norway
Brown has been an assistant professor at the Vienna Hochschule, professor at the Detmold Hochschule, and for 12 years, professor of viola at the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule in Duesseldorf. In 2009, she joined the faculty of The Boston Conservatory where she received an “ Outstanding Music Division Faculty of the Year” award in 2012.