Richard O’Neill

Violist Richard O’Neill is an Emmy Award winner, two-time Grammy nominee, and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient.

He has appeared with the London, Los Angeles, Seoul, and Euro-Asian philharmonics; the BBC, KBS, and Korean symphonies; the Moscow, Vienna, and Württemburg chamber orchestras; Kremerata Baltica and Alte Musik Köln with conductors Andrew Davis, Vladimir Jurowski, Vassily Sinaisky and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Highlights of this season includes the world premieres of Lera Auerbach’s Twenty-four Preludes for Viola and Piano and the Christopher Theofanidis Viola Concerto with the Albany Symphony and David Alan Miller, the complete Mozart Viola Quintet Cycle with the Symanovski Quartet and the opening recital for the MUSCO Performing Arts Center with Dong-Hyek Lim.

As recitalist he has performed at Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Louvre, Salle Cortot, Madrid’s National Concert Hall, Teatro Colon, Tokyo’s International Forum and Opera City, Osaka Symphony Hall, and Seoul Arts Center.

A Universal/DG recording artist, he has made eight solo albums that have sold more than 200,000 copies. Dedicated to the music of our time, he has premiered works composed for him by Elliott Carter, John Harbison, Huang Ruo, and Paul Chihara. His chamber music initiative DITTO has introduced tens of thousands to chamber music in South Korea and Japan.

A former member of CMS Two, he was the first violist to receive the artist diploma from Juilliard and was honored with a Proclamation from the New York City Council for his achievement and contribution to the arts. He serves as Goodwill Ambassador for the Korean Red Cross, The Special Olympics, OXFAM, and UNICEF and runs marathons for charity.