The Perlman Music Program Summer School 2011-2013; Sarasota Winter Residency 2011/2012 and 2015/2016; Tel Aviv 2014; Chamber Music Workshop 2014-2016; Shelter Island Alumni Retreat 2017
Cleveland native violist Bethany Hargreaves has performed as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician across North America, Europe, China, and Israel. Notable performances include her debut at the Millennium Stage in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, concerto appearances at Kulas Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and orchestral performances in the Berlin Philharmonie, KKL Luzerne, and Severance Hall. A passionate chamber musician, Ms. Hargreaves has collaborated in concert with distinguished musicians including Itzhak Perlman, Peter Salaff, Donald Weilerstein, Michael Kannen, and members of The Cleveland Orchestra.
The recipient of many musical prizes, Ms. Hargreaves has received awards from the Cleveland Institute of Music Alumni Association, the Fortnightly Musical Club, the National Federation of Music Clubs Wendell Irish Viola Award, and the Ohio Viola Society for her performances and academic work. She won the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition in 2015 performing the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with violinist Michael Siess, and was engaged with many solo opportunities, including performing the Bruch Romanze with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra at Mixon Hall. Prior to graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Music, she served as teaching assistant to faculty member Jeffrey Irvine, working with a wide variety of students in Suzuki programs and at the collegiate level.
Festival appearances include the Aspen Music Festival and School, where Ms. Hargreaves was a recipient of the New Horizons Fellowship, the Four Seasons Winter Workshop, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and The Perlman Music Program. During her six years of association with The Perlman Music Program, she has traveled to residencies in Sarasota, Florida, and Tel Aviv, Israel. Important community engagement works with The Perlman Music Program include the chamber music alumni retreat during the autumn season, resulting in local performances on Long Island and Sarasota with primary school students and additional community outreach with young children on the Shelter Island campus. Other performance projects with The Perlman Music Program include appearances at the Ringling Museum and art galleries in the Sarasota vicinity, as well as local school performances and community outreach.
Ms. Hargreaves has an extensive commitment as an orchestral musician, which includes Symphony in C and the New World Symphony. Her most recent engagements include serving as principal viola for the 2017 Juilliard Orchestra tour to Finland and Sweden in collaboration with the Sibelius Academy under Finnish composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. In 2015, she was invited by conductor Benjamin Zander to serve as principal violist in the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s tour to Europe, including performances at the Rudolfinum in Prague, the Philharmonie in Berlin, and the KKL Luzern in Switzerland. Ms. Hargreaves has served in orchestras under the batons of Marin Alsop, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Alan Gilbert, Kurt Masur, Nicholas McGegan, Itzhak Perlman, David Robertson, and Franz Welser-Möst. In addition, she has accompanied internationally acclaimed soloists such as Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Emmanuel Pahud, Gil Shaham, Alisa Weilerstein, Lynn Harrell, and Natalia Gutman. Ms. Hargreaves has additionally held tutti positions in the Akron Symphony Orchestra and the Canton Symphony Orchestra, substitute positions in the Blossom Festival Orchestra and the Erie Philharmonic, and has served as principal viola in the Juilliard Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra.
Ms. Hargreaves has performed in masterclasses for Sheila Browne, Heidi Castleman, Victoria Chiang, Susan Dubois, James Dunham, Hsin-Yun Huang, Jeffrey Irvine, Kim Kashkashian, Cynthia Phelps, Martha Strongin-Katz, Michelle LaCourse, Karen Ritcher, Carol Rodland, Peter Slowik, and Roger Tapping. Her previous teachers include Louise Zeitlin, Marilyn McDonald, and Rebecca Ensworth. Her love for chamber music was inspired by Merry Peckham and Annie Fullard, and her ensemble playing has been heavily influenced by members of the Cavani, Cleveland, Juilliard, and Takács Quartets as well as Stephen Clapp, Kim Kashkashian, Itzhak Perlman, Laurie Smuckler, and Vivian Weilerstein.
Ms. Hargreaves has received a Young Artist Certificate and a Bachelor’s Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Jeffrey Irvine and Lynne Ramsey. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory, where she is a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship. Ms. Hargreaves plays on a viola made by her dear friend, Gabrielle Kundert.