Charles Noble, Assistant Principal Viola

Charles Nobel

Charles Noble joined the Oregon Symphony as Acting Principal/Assistant principal violist in 1995. He was a founding member of the acclaimed Ethos Quartet. In 1993 he was first-prize winner of the Seattle Ladies Musical Club Competition. He received the 1995 C.D. Jackson Award by a vote of the faculty at the Tanglewood Music Center; and was awarded the 1995 Israel Dorman String Prize at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

His solo appearances include two performances the Mozart Sinfonie Concertante, the West Coast premiere of the Joseph Castaldo Viola Concerto, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 with OSO Principal violist Joel Belgique, and the Bruch Romanze for Viola and Orchestra, all with the Oregon Symphony. Other solo appearances include the Cascade Festival of Music, Chico Symphony (CA), the Vermont Youth Orchestra, Tacoma Youth Symphony, Tacoma Young Artists Orchestra and the Portland Youth Philharmonic.

He was a member of the faculty at the 1998 National Youth Orchestra Festival at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and is co-founder and a member of the faculty of the Max Aronoff Viola Institute in Seattle, Washington.

As an author he has published two articles on audition preparation appearing the The Strad magazine; his article profiling violist Roberto Diaz appeared in the January 2003 issue. He was one of three American violists invited to tour Japan with the Super World Orchestra, whose roster included members of the Vienna Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra. In December of 2000, he was visiting master teacher at the University of Nevada at Reno. In 2002 he was a featured artist performer at the 2002 International Viola Congress in Seattle, WA, where he and colleague Joel Belgique performed George Benjamin’s Viola, viola.

During the 2002-2003 season, he formed The Four Violas ( with three colleagues from the Oregon Symphony viola section — Joel Belgique, Mara Lise Gearman, and Brian Quincey.

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