2017-18 BSO Violas

Steven Ansell

Principal

Charles S. Dana chair, endowed in perpetuity

Steven Ansell joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as principal viola in September 1996, occupying the Charles S. Dana chair, having already appeared with the BSO in Symphony Hall as guest principal viola. A native of Seattle, he also remains a member of the acclaimed Muir String Quartet, which he co-founded in 1979, and with which he has toured extensively throughout the world.

Cathy Basrak

Assistant Principal Viola, Boston Symphony Orchestra; Principal Viola, Boston Pops Orchestra

BSO: Anne Stoneman chair, endowed in perpetuity

A native of the Chicago area, Cathy Basrak earned her bachelor's degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in spring 2000. Ms. Basrak's teachers include Joseph de Pasquale, principal viola of the BSO from 1947 to 1964, and Michael Tree of the Guarneri String Quartet.

Danny Kim

Lois and Harlan Anderson chair, endowed in perpetuity

Violist Danny Kim joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2016-17 season and was appointed 3rd chair of the viola section during the 2017-2018 season.

Rebecca Gitter

Born in Canada, Rebecca Gitter began studying Suzuki violin at seven and viola at thirteen. In May 2001 she received her bachelor of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was a student of Robert Vernon, having previously studied in Toronto, Ontario.

Michael Zaretsky

Born in the former Soviet Union, violist Michael Zaretsky graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory cum laude. He began his career as a member of the Moscow Philharmonic String Quartet and the Moscow Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra. In 1972, he immigrated to Israel and became principal viola of the Jerusalem Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra and a soloist with Radio Israel.

Mark Ludwig

Since 1986, Mark Ludwig has blended his musical career with social causes having a particular emphasis on issues of intolerance. He continually strives to combine his scholarship, teaching and performance endeavors with community service throughout the United States and Europe.

Rachel Fagerburg

Rachel Fagerburg joined the viola section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in December 1989. She can be heard frequently in Prelude concerts at Symphony Hall and in chamber music performances in the Boston area and in the Berkshires.

Daniel Getz

Daniel Getz joined the viola section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2013-14 season. Raised in Bethesda, Maryland, Mr. Getz began studying violin at age eight and switched to the viola at sixteen, studying with National Symphony violist Mahoko Eguchi.

Rebekah Edewards

ebekah Edewards has a bachelor of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Mark Jackobs and Robert Vernon of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Leah Ferguson

A native of Chicago, violist Leah Ferguson joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2016-17 season. Ms. Ferguson earned her bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music under the guidance of Robert Vernon and her graduate diploma from the Juilliard School as a recipient of the Kovner Fellowship, studying with Heidi Castleman and Cynthia Phelps.

Kathryn Sievers

Kathryn Sievers joined the viola section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in February of 2018.