VIJAY CHALASANI (viola) is an alumnus of the American Bach Soloists Academy, and has worked in masterclasses with many of today’s most celebrated early music performers, including Manfredo Kramer, Phoebe Carrai, Wieland Kuijken, and Robert Mealy. He performs frequently on baroque viola with ensembles including American Bach Soloists, The Albany Consort, Camerata Capistrano, and the San Francisco Conservatory Baroque Ensemble. Equally at home on both historical and modern violas, Mr. Chalasani was featured as a soloist in performances ranging from the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, the viola concerti of Hoffmeister and Telemann, and Bach’s 6th Brandenburg concerto. As a chamber musician, he has performed on the San Francisco Conservatory’s Chamber Music Masters Series, Silicon Valley Music Festival, New Millennium Series, Festival of New American Music, and Live at Mission Blue. Mr. Chalasani counts amongst his early musical influences studies in bluegrass, jazz, and Indian classical music, which along with his mixed Indian/European heritage contributes to a broad and diverse range of musical interests and perspectives. A champion of new music and modern composers, he has commissioned and premiered several works by local California composers. Mr. Chalasani will complete his graduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory in May 2014, where he studied modern viola with retired San Francisco Symphony Associate Principal Violist Don Ehrlich, baroque viola with Bay Area favorite Elizabeth Blumenstock, and chamber music with Mark Sokol. His undergraduate studies were at CSU Sacramento, where he studied viola with Anna Kruger, and chamber music with Ian Swensen and Andrew Luchansky. A native of Northern California, Mr. Chalasani was born in the Central Valley, grew up in the East Bay, and now resides in San Francisco. When not performing, Chalasani enjoys reading, tennis, hiking, and sampling from among the many offerings of San Francisco’s fine coffee and craft beer/cocktail scenes.