Dynamic violist Sheila Browne enjoys a career that includes solo, chamber collaborations and orchestral appearances. She has performed in major venues on six continents, including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Royal Festival Hall, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, NCPA in Beijing and has recorded for the Sony, Nonesuch, Bridge, MSR, and Albany labels. She has premiered several concerti written for her, and has worked closely with many composers.
Sheila was a member of the internationally prize-winning Arianna String Quartet, and was featured in a Chamber Music magazine cover story while in the Gotham String Quartet. Browne has collaborated / recorded with Audra MacDonald, Gilbert Kalish, Paul Katz, Anton Kuerti, Ruth Laredo, Shenyang, Richard Stolzman, Carol Wincenc, the Diaz Trio, and members of the Amernet, Audubon, Borromeo, Brentano, Calidore, Guarneri, Juilliard, Shanghai and Vermeer quartets. As principal violist of the New World Symphony, she was selected by Artistic Director Michael Tilson-Thomas to be featured in the PBS documentary “Beethoven Alive!”
A dedicated teacher, Sheila started teaching as an assistant of famed pedagogue Karen Tuttle at Juilliard as an undergraduate, continuing her studies with Kim Kashkashian in Germany on a DAAD scholarship, and received a Masters of Music at Rice University with Karen Ritscher and Paul Katz in his Quartet Program. She is the inaugural viola faculty member of the Tianjin Juilliard School and Tianjin Juilliard Ensemble, travelling to 16 countries on four continents. She has held Associate Professor positions at University of Delaware and University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she taught for a decade.