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Ethan Filner | Viola, Violin, Chamber Music, Photography


ETHAN

FILNER

VIOLA

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Ethan Filner | Viola, Violin, Chamber Music, Photography


ETHAN

FILNER

VIOLA

ETHAN FILNER, viola

Acclaimed for viola playing described as "gorgeous" (gramophone and san francisco classical voice), and "beautifully expressive" (honolulu advertiser). 
Praised for "wonderfully effective soft playing, full of subtle vibrato and graceful ornamentation" (the strad), "stunning solos...a thick velvety sound that projected without sounding pressed" (san francisco classical voice), and "exquisite musicianship" (sf civic center blog)

Biography

Born in Michigan and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ethan Filner enjoys an active career as performer, teacher, and chamber music coach. From 2001-2016 he was the violist of the San Francisco-based Cypress String Quartet.

Ethan began playing violin at the age of 4 and viola at 15. Through his experiences in the SF Symphony Youth Orchestra, Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop, and the SF Conservatory of Music's Preparatory Division Chamber Music program, Ethan fell in love with the viola's warm sound, deeper voice, and unique role in chamber and orchestral music.

Ethan earned his B.M. with a Minor in Telecommunications from Indiana University-Bloomington, studying viola with Atar Arad (former member of the Cleveland Quartet) and chamber music primarily with Rostislav Dubinsky (founding first violinist of the original Borodin String Quartet). He received a Post-Graduate Diploma in Music from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London studying viola with Roger Chase (former member of the Nash Ensemble) and chamber music with members of the Takacs and Endellion String Quartets. He also studied with James Dunham for one year as a Master's Degree candidate at New England Conservatory before returning to the Bay Area to join the Cypress String Quartet in 2001.

Over the next 15 years - until the ensemble's disbanding in June 2016 - the Cypress String Quartet toured extensively, performing in concert and on the radio throughout the United States and internationally, including engagements at many renowned American venues like the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Ravinia Festival, and Cal Performances.  Together they recorded more than 15 critically acclaimed albums, reached over 150,000 students of all ages through innovative educational outreach programs, advocated for classical/chamber music's relevance in contemporary society, and commissioned or premiered dozens of new works from some of the most interesting and exciting composers working today, including George Tsontakis, Kevin Puts, Jennifer Higdon, Elena Ruehr, and Philippe Hersant. Learn more about the CSQ at www.cypressquartet.com.

Ethan is currently based in Kitchener, Ontario (Canada) where he resides with his wife, oboist Elisabeth Mellinger, and their two children.  Beginning Fall 2016 he teaches viola at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music.

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Resume


Résumé

Resume


Résumé

Résumé

 

2016-

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Sessional TeachinG StaFF, Viola
music.utoronto.cA

 

2001-2016

Cypress String Quartet, San Francisco

Violist; Extensive International Touring, Recording, Commissioning, and Educational Outreach
www.cypressquartet.com

 

2015-2016

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

STRING CHAMBER MUSIC COORDINATOR, PRE-COLLEGE DIVISION
www.sfcm.edu

 

2010-2013

Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop

Associate Director
www.sequoiachambermusic.org

 

2008-2013

Northern California Viola Society

PRESIDENT
www.norcalviola.org

 

2003-2009

San Jose State University School of Music & Dance

Faculty, Viola and Chamber Music; CSQ as Quartet-in-Residence
www.sjsu.edu

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Discography


DISCOGRAPHY

Discography


DISCOGRAPHY

Discography

with the Cypress String Quartet -
on AVIE RECORDS - www.avie-records.com
     "Brahms: String Sextets with Barry Shiffman and Zuill Bailey"
     "Beethoven: The Early String Quartets" (Op.18 Nos.1-6)
     "Beethoven: The Middle String Quartets" (Op.59 Nos.1-3, Op.74, Op.95)
     "Beethoven: The Late String Quartets" (Opp.127, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135)
     "Schubert: Quartettsatz and Cello Quintet with Gary Hoffman"
     "Dvorak: Quartet Op.106 and Cypresses"
     "The American Album" music by Dvorak, Barber, Griffes, and Kevin Puts
on Cypress Performing Arts Association
     "How She Danced: String Quartets of Elena Ruehr" (String Quartets Nos.1, 3 & 4)
     "The Fifteenth Anniversary Album" music by Debussy, Ravel, and Schulhoff
     "Debussy, Suk, and Cotton"
     "Haydn, Ravel, and Schulhoff"
on NAXOS
     "Benjamin Lees: String Quartets Nos. 1, 5 and 6"
     "Jennifer Higdon: Piano Trio - Voices - Impressions"
on other labels
     "Spectral Evidence" - music of Jay Cloidt
     "Trilogy" - music of Daniel Asia
     "Everyone Deserves Music" - Michael Franti & Spearhead

without the CSQ - 

     "Lift" - chamber music of Elena Ruehr (feat. Duo Variations for viola & cello) on AVIE

     "Penetrations" - music of John Latartara on SACHIMAY

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Additional Experience


Additional Professional ExperienceS

Additional Experience


Additional Professional ExperienceS

PERFORMANCE

Canadian Opera Company, 2017- Viola Section Sub

Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, 2017- Viola Section Sub

Toronto Symphony Orchestra, 2016- Viola Section Sub

Sitka Summer Music Festival, 2003,'12,'14,'16 Guest Artist

Primrose International Viola Competition & Festival, 2014 Guest Artist recital ("fluttertude" by Kurt Rohde) and Panel Discussion on Community Engagement

San Francisco Symphony, 2013 Viola Section sub

Lieder Alive! Concert Series, San Francisco, 2012 Guest artist

SJSU Faculty Recital, 2005 with Gwendolyn Mok, piano and Janet Averett, clarinet

California Summer Music Faculty Concert, 2004 Guest Artist

Sigma String Quartet, U.K., 1998-2000 Violist

Etive Ensemble, U.K., 1999-2000 Violist


LEADERSHIP AND TEACHING

Northern California Viola Society, 2008-13 President; Co-creator of ViolaMANIAYoung Violists CompetitionViolas on a Roll workshops, and Tom Heimberg Viola Advocate Award

San Jose State University, 2003-09 CSQ as Quartet-in-Residence; Viola and Chamber Music Faculty; String Day chamber music workshop creator; Music & Conversation guest artist series and Adopt-a-School outreach program co-creator

Occasional Chamber Music Coaching for:

San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra; Summer Music West; Chamber Musicians of Northern California; SF Symphony Youth Orchestra Viola Section; Stanford Suzuki Chamber Music Workshop; California Summer Music; Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop


Other Activities

California Music Center, 2006-12 Irving M. Klein International String Competition Judge (occasional)

University of California at Davis, 2008 String Competition Judge

SF Friends of Chamber Music, 2013 Musical Grants Program Review Board

Session Work and other gigs for Studio Boomla, 2004; Last Tag Productions, 2013; Meyer Sound 2016; New Century Chamber Orchestra 2012

WIUS AM1570 Student Radio (IU-B), 1995-98 DJ/Radio Host

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Photography


Photography

Photography


Photography

 

An amateur photographer with 15 years experience as the unofficial in-house paparazzo for the internationally touring CSQ (as well as, of course, for his own family and friends), Ethan has developed a portfolio of remarkable landscape, portrait, and candid photography. Browse this website's Gallery and/or contact Ethan at the address below to find out more. Eager to expand his experience as a photographer, Ethan gladly offers FREE portrait, headshot, or family photo sessions, or coverage for special events - just inquire@ethanfilner.com.

All images on this website (except those of himself teaching or in performance) are original photos by Ethan Filner.

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Education


EDUCATION

Education


EDUCATION

Education

 

Candidate, Master of Music in Viola Performance*

Viola and Chamber Music Studies with James Dunham and members of the Borromeo Quartet
*Left After one year to Join the CSQ

NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY

2000-2001

 

PGDipMus: Post Graduate Diploma in Music Performance (Viola)

Viola and Chamber Music Studies with Roger Chase and members of the Takacs and Endellion String Quartets

GUILDHALL SCHOOL OF MUSIC & DRAMA

1998-2000

 

Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance
Minor in Telecommunications

Viola and chamber Music Studies with Atar Arad, Rostislav Dubinsky, Janos Starker, Miriam Fried, Paul Biss, MEnahem PRessler, James Campbell, Edward Auer, Etc. 

Indiana University - BLoomington

1994-1998