Joanna Mendoza, Viola
Violist Joanna Mendoza enjoys an active chamber music and teaching career. Noted by reviewers and audiences for a lush, sonorous tone and eloquent phrasing, Ms. Mendoza has performed throughout North America, South America and Europe and has given master classes in Beijing, China. She has collaborated with esteemed artists such as Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Anton Nel, Robert Levin, and members of the Cleveland Quartet. She has enjoyed summers performing and teaching at music festivals such as Interlochen Arts Camp, Madeline Island Music Camp, Killington Music Festival, and Mammoth Lakes Chamber Music Festival.
Joanna Mendoza is the violist of the Arianna String Quartet and Associate Professor of Viola at the University of Missouri - St. Louis where the quartet has been in residence since 2000. The Arianna Quartet has performed throughout the United States, Mexico, Japan, Canada and France with recent appearances in Brazil and South Africa. They have been praised for their “emotional commitment and fluent virtuosity,” (Pretoria News) and “tonal warmth, fastidious balance…expressive vitality” (Chicago Tribune). The Arianna Quartet can be heard on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today,” and “Live from Music Mountain” which broadcasts to 125 stations in the U.S. and to 35 countries. Current projects include a long-term, multi-disc recording contract with Centaur Records and a world premiere of David Stock’s String Quartet No. 9 which the composer dedicated to the Arianna String Quartet.
Ms. Mendoza earned her degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied with members of the Pro Arte Quartet and at the Juilliard School where she studied with William Lincer and the Juilliard Quartet. She plays a viola made by Christophe Landon in 1991.