Violist Sheila Browne is from Philadelphia, U.S.A, and also has Irish citizenship. Known as a versatile and dynamic performer with a unique viola voice, she enjoys a career of solo, chamber collaborations and concerto appearances. She has performed in major venues on six continents, including Concertgebouw, Royal Festival Hall, Teatro Colon, 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 violist of the internationally prize-winning Arianna String Quartet, as well as the Pelligrini and Gotham quartets, and a founding member of the Fire Pink Trio. Browne has collaborated / recorded with Audra MacDonald, Gilbert Kalish, David Krakauer, Paul Katz, Anton Kuerti, Ruth Laredo, Shenyang, Richard Stolzman, Carol Wincenc, the Diaz Trio, and members of the American, Amernet, Attacca, Audubon, Borromeo, Brentano, Calidore, Guarneri, Juilliard, Shanghai, Stamitz 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!”
Sheila is also a dedicated teacher who believes in a holistic approach, and has given viola and chamber music masterclasses at most major music schools in the US and many in Europe, and Asia. She started teaching as an assistant of famed pedagogue Karen Tuttle at Juilliard while receiving her Bachelors degree and continued her Aufbau studies with Kim Kashkashian in Germany after being awarded a DAAD scholarship. She also received a Masters of Music at Rice University with Karen Ritscher and Paul Katz in his Quartet Program. Sheila's students have gone on to almost every major viola program in the US as well as in Europe and in Asia, and can be found to be musically employed all over the world.
She was honored to be chosen as the inaugural Viola Faculty of the Tianjin Juilliard School (Graduate and Precollege programs) and Tianjin Juilliard Ensemble, performing and giving masterclasses in 16 countries on four continents. She was the inaugural faculty violist at the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq. She is the Director of the popular international January Karen Tuttle Viola Workshop as well as Interim Artistic Director of Techne Music. She has served on the Executive Board of the American Viola Society and has participated in many AVS congresses and other events.
She has held many faculty positions - as Associate Professor of Viola at both University of North Carolina School of the Arts (where she taught for a decade) and University of Delaware, as well as Duke and NYU. She is presently Associate Professor of Viola at Lynn University Conservatory.
Sheila is a huge art, nature and animal lover, and believes in the power of music to bring people of all cultures together in peace around the world.