COLIN BELISLE

COLIN BELISLE

Viola
Galliard String Quartet Hawaii Symphony Orchestra

Colin Belisle currently lives in Honolulu where he is a member of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and the violist of Chamber Music Hawaii’s Galliard String Quartet. He is also a faculty member at ʻIolani School in Honolulu. Colin received a Master of Music degree and Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. His most primary teachers include Carol Rodland, Matthew Michelic, Kim Kashkashian, and Simon Rowland-Jones at the Royal College of Music in London.

Before living in Hawaii, Colin performed regularly with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, New World Symphony in Miami, and Portland Symphony. He has performed solo and chamber works in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, and has collaborated professionally in chamber music settings with artists of The Chamber Music of Lincoln Center, Borromeo, Cassatt, Cleveland, New Hellenic, Bryant Park, and Turtle Island string quartets. As a string quartet musician he has had residencies at UH Manoa, Denison University, Bennington College, and University of New England.

An enthusiast of contemporary music, he performed the world-premiere of Augusta Read-Thomas’ Incantation for solo viola, and has premiered works by Michael Gandolfi, Kenji Bunch, Martin Bresnick, Mohammed Fairouz, Pozzi Escot, Halim El-Dabh and Jennifer Higdon. He has recorded chamber works of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning composer, Yehudi Wyner, with the Ibis Camerata, namely De Novo on his album Commedia, which is available on Naxos and Albany labels.