Rose Armbrust-Griffin from Wayne, IL began studying the viola at age 2. She immediately began performing and competing until she entered The Juilliard School in 2002. During her youth, she was principal violist of the Midwest Young Artist, Dupage Youth, and Scotland’s International Youth Orchestras. She was a prizewinner in the Chicago Viola Society, Rembrandt Chamber players, and Fischoff International Chamber competitions.
In 2006, she received her Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School studying with Heidi Castleman and Hsin-Yun Huang. As an active chamber musician at Juilliard she performed in their annual Chamberfest and also concertized with members of a Manhattan School quartet in The Musica Bella Chamber Series.
During her undergraduate years she attended the Music Academy of the West Festival where she served as principal violist of the orchestra as well as attending The Orford Arts Center, Domaine Forget, The Perlman Music Program.
She was invited by Itzhak Perlman to perform with him at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and returned in 2009 as part of the Center’s Conservatory Project. In 2006 she was accepted into The Curtis Institute of Music where she held the James and Betty Matarese Annual Fellowship and studied with Roberto Diaz and Michael Tree. While at Curtis, she served as the principal of The Haddonfield Symphony. In the summer of 2008 her quartet was selected to be one of the quartets in residence at Music From Angelfire. In that same year, she graduated with an Artist Diploma.
Ms. Armbrust attended the Manchester Music Festival in 2007 and was then invited on their northwest tour that fall. The summer of 2008 she was a guest artist at The Kingston Chamber Music Festival in Kingston, RI where she performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra’s concertmaster David Kim and then went on to solo with The Bogotá Philharmonic in Bogotá, Colombia under Maestro Rossen Milanov.
In 2009 she soloed with the Indiana University Chamber Orchestra after winning the annual solo competition. During the summer of 2009, she attended The Steans Institute at Ravinia. In 2010 she performed with Joshua Bell at Indiana University as well as giving concerts with The Starling Chamber Players at the BIG ARTS cultural center in Sanibel Island, FL.
Ms. Armbrust has currently completed her Master’s at Indiana University where she held the merit-based Viola Associate Instructorship while studying with Atar Arad and was a member of The Kuttner Quartet, the University’s quartet in residence.