Beth Guterman Chu, viola
A native of Belmont, Massachusetts, Beth Guterman Chu is one of the most sought after young violists of her generation. In the past few seasons, Ms. Guterman Chu has appeared as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in Zankel Hall, Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Perelman Theatre, Wigmore Hall, Jordan Hall, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, as well as having toured across America, Europe and Asia.
Ms. Guterman Chu is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. With this group she has appears frequently in Alice Tully Hall with performers David Finckel and Wu Han, and Menahem Pressler, Ida Kavafian, Ani Kavafian, Joseph Silverstein, Kyoko Takezawa, Paul Neubauer, Colin Carr, Gary Hoffman, and Edger Meyer among others. She recently performed a benefit concert for the Chamber Music Society performing with Itzhak Perlman. With the Chamber Music Society, Ms. Guterman Chu recorded and will continue to record chamber works for the Deutsche Gramophone label.
In the last seasons, Ms. Guterman Chu toured across the world playing the Mendelssohn Octet with Gil Shaham, and Piano Quartets with Joseph Kalichstein. She performed as guest artist with the Orion Quartet, members of the Guarneri Quartet, and with the Claremont Trio. Ms. Guterman Chu has participated in many summer festivals including the Marlboro Music festival, Music@Menlo, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, Steans Institute at Ravinia, Festival Montreal, SummerMusic, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. You can hear recordings of Ms. Guterman Chu on the Deutsche Gramophone, Tzadik and Naxos labels.
One of two violists ever accepted for the program, Ms. Guterman Chu received her Artist Diploma at the New England Conservatory studying with Kim Kashkashian. Studying with Masao Kawasaki, Ms. Guterman Chu received her bachelor of music and her master of music degrees from the Juilliard School. She has also studied viola with Misha Amory, Catherine Carroll, Heidi Castleman, and Michael Zaretsky. Ms. Guterman Chu is currently Principal Violist in the IRIS Chamber Orchestra. She has been a member of ECCO since 2008.
Ms. Guterman Chu and her husband live in Philadelphia, and had their first child this spring.