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Contact: Joelle Park

For immediate release:
April 18, 2002


Famed Violist Toby Appel Joins Carnegie Mellon's School of Music Faculty

PITTSBURGH—Toby Appel, a respected educator and one of the world's foremost violists, has accepted an appointment to Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music faculty. His appointment as an artist lecturer in viola begins in fall 2002. In addition to training students individually in the studio, he will coach chamber music.

Alan Fletcher, head of the School of Music welcomes Appel's dedication to students and diverse talents. "Toby Appel has distinguished himself in great solo repertoire, chamber music, new music, jazz and especially as a brilliant, insightful and caring teacher. This profile is a perfect match for our extraordinary faculty at Carnegie Mellon," he said.

Appel is a versatile, multi-talented and experienced artist. He is a member of several renowned ensembles including the Lenox and Audubon Quartets. He has been a guest artist with The Vermeer, Manhattan and Composers quartets, the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society and jazz artists Chick Corea and Gary Burton. His graceful talent has been featured in national television broadcasts and events at the United Nations and the White House. He has performed in recitals, concertos and at prominent music festivals throughout North and South America, Europe and the Far East. His chamber music and recital recordings are major label releases, including Columbia and Opus 1. Appel is also adept at public speaking and has narrated numerous musical performances. He is a frequent commentator for National Public Radio's classical music program "Performance Today."

Appel's education was influenced by the best in his field. He entered the Curtis Institute at age 13 under the guidance of Max Aronoff, the legendary violist of the Curtis String Quartet and founder of the New School conservatory. Afterwards, Appel won the prestigious Young Concert Artists International audition and received support from a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering and launching the careers of gifted young musicians.

During his professional career Appel has held professorships at the State University of New York, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and the University of New Mexico.

Currently Appel teaches on the viola and chamber music faculties at the Juilliard School in New York City. He will continue serving his Juilliard faculty appointment while at Carnegie Mellon. He has served on the Juilliard faculty since 1990.


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