Wendy Richman, viola

Founding ICE violist Wendy Richman has been hailed by The New York Times and The Washington Post for her “absorbing,” “fresh and idiomatic” performances with “a brawny vitality.” Upon hearing her interpretation of Berio’s Sequenza VI, The Baltimore Sun commented that she made “something at once dramatic and poetic out of the aggressive tremolo-like motif of the piece.” She has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician across the U.S. and Europe, performing at international festivals of Berlin, Darmstadt, Edinburgh, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Morelia, Rome, and Vienna.She has been featured in the premieres of hundreds of works, notably pieces for singing violist by Jason Eckardt, Arlene Sierra, Ken Ueno, and more. Wendy has collaborated with fortepianist Malcolm Bilson, the Claremont Trio, and members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, and Takács Quartets. She is a frequent guest with the viola sections of the Atlanta Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and St. Louis Symphony. Her critically acclaimed recordings can be heard on Albany Records, Between the Lines, Bloodshot Records, BMOP/sound, Mode Records, NAXOS, New Focus, New World, and Tzadik. A respected educator, Wendy has held teaching positions at the University of Alabama and Cornell University, as well as Sewanee Summer Music Festival and Music in the Mountains Conservatory.

Wendy graduated from Oberlin Conservatory (BM), New England Conservatory (MM), and Eastman School of Music (DMA). She studied viola with Carol Rodland, Kim Kashkashian, Peter Slowik, Jeffrey Irvine, and Sara Harmelink, and voice with Marlene Ralis Rosen, Judith Kellock, and Mary Galbraith.Through her vox/viola project, loosely inspired by Giacinto Scelsi’s Manto III, she has commissioned numerous composers to write pieces in which she sings and plays simultaneously.