Viola Principal Emeritus
Richard Field made his debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under Walter Hendl in his third year at the Eastman School of Music (ESM) performing Bartok’s Viola Concerto. He began his musical studies on the violin with Louis Berman of the Curtis String Quartet. Subsequent teachers included Carroll Glenn and Francis Tursi at Eastman; Walter Trampler, Abraham Skernick and Emmanuel Vardi while at Juilliard.
Mr. Field is currently Principal Violist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra having held that position under Music Directors Sergiu Commisiona, David Zinman, Yuri Temirkanov and presently Marin Alsop. He was also principal violist of the Buffalo Philharmonic for five years under Michael Tilson Thomas and The Grand Teton Music Festival for seven years.
Mr. Field studied chamber music at ESM with John Celantano and was in the ESM honors quartet. He studied chamber music at Juilliard with Earl Carlyss. As a chamber musician he has performed with such artists as Yo Yo Ma, Pamela Frank, Berl Senofsky, Malcolm Frager, Jamie Laredo and Sharon Robeson. He has performed with the Lincoln Center Chamber Players and at Mainly Mozart in San Diego and the Grand Teton Music Festival. He has also had many chamber music collaborations with other faculty at the Peabody Institute and members of the Baltimore Symphony. He has joined with the Rome Trio at Catholic University in performances of much of piano quartet literature.
As a soloist, Mr. Field has performed with such conductors as David Zinman, Günter Herbig, Sergiu Commisiona and Kenneth Schermerhorn. He gave the world premiere of the Viola Concerto by Cary Ratcliff which won an ASCAP award with the Rochester Philharmonic. He also performed the East Coast premiere of the Viola Concerto by Alfred Schnittke with the Baltimore Symphony under David Zinman.
Mr. Field currently teaches at The Peabody Conservatory and the Catholic University of America. He has given master classes at the Eastman School of Music, The Peabody Conservatory, the National Orchestral Institute where he taught for eighteen years and the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado. His students currently occupy principal and assistant principal positions as well as section positions in major orchestras throughout the world.
Mr. Field earned his master’s degree from The Juilliard School, his bachelor’s degree and performer’s certificate at ESM.