Ethan PernelaViolin and Viola Instructor
Ethan Pernela, of Corvallis Oregon, finished his Graduate Diploma in Viola Performance with Martha Strongin Katz at the New England Conservatory of Music in 2005. He received his Bachelors Degree in 2002 under the tutelage of James Dunham and finished his Master’s Degree in 2004 with honors in Academics, Orchestra and Chamber Music at NEC.
In 2007, after being invited to perform as a Fellow with the New World Symphony, he won a section viola position in the Honolulu Symphony under the baton of Andreas Delfs. As an active chamber musician Mr. Pernela is a member of the Chamber Music Hawaii. playing viola in the Galliard String Quartet. He also performs with, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Early Music Hawaii and Atherton Studio Chamber Music Series, among others.
As an active teacher for young students in Hawaii, Mr. Pernela teaches Violin and Viola at Iolani School, giving private violin and viola lessons, orchestra sectionals and is a coach for the String Quartet program. Mr. Pernela has over 25 violin and viola students from Moanalua, Waldorf, Punahou, Iolani, and the U.H. Lab School, among others. He also participated in the Honolulu Youth Symphony String Quartet Program in 2008 - 09. For higher education Mr. Pernela is professor of viola at the Brigham Young University since 2007. At the New England Conservatory of Music he was James Dunham’s teaching assistant in 2001.
Mr. Pernela has been invited to play with such orchestras as Saint Louis Symphony,World Symphony Orchestra - Korea, New World Symphony and Portland Symphony, among others. As an active chamber musician, Mr. Pernela performs year round with Chamber Music Hawaii and has participated in the New England Conservatory Honors Ensembles program under the guidance of Eric Rosenblith , and has collaborated with such artists as Donald Weilerstein, Jon Kimura Parker, Helen Huang, Parry Karp, Joyce Yang, Chee-Yun, Katherine Murdock, Natasha Brofsky, Borromeo String Quartet and Mark Hill, among others. He received the opportunity to participate in master classes with Robert Mann, Roger Tapping, Karen Tuttle, Donald Weilerstein, Joel Krosnick, Ronald Copes, Emerson String Quartet and Raphael Hillyer.
Mr. Pernela was invited to play in the World Symphony Orchestra which toured South Korea in 2008. As a member of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, Mr. Pernela went on tour to Japan, Taiwan and Singapore in 2007. Mr. Pernela was also Principal Violist of the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland which had a USA/European tour in 2006. Other summer festivals include the TAOS School of Music, Yellow Barn, Kneisel Hall, Aspen Music Festival and School, Musicorda and Interlochen Center for the Arts.In his spare time, Ethan enjoys wheel throwing at the Honolulu Art Academy and spending time with his wife, cellist, Joanna Morrison-Pernela and their three dogs, Mochi, Olu, and Riley.
A noted soloist, Professor Katz appearanced in the major cities of the United States and Europe include a Carnegie Hall performance of Berlioz’s “Harold in Italy”, the Bartok Concerto with Geneva’s L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and countless recital and concerto appearances. Ms. Strongin Katz studied violin with Raphael Bronstein and Ivan Galamian and viola with Lillian Fuchs and William Primrose. Winner of the 1969 Geneva International Viola Competition, she received at the same time the Max Reger Award.
Martha Katz is currently Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at the New England Conservatory and New York University. Previously, she was Professor of Viola at the Shepherd School of Music of Rice University (1996-2000) and taught for twenty years (1976-1996) at the Eastman School of Music. In addition to many summers spent performing and teaching at the Aspen Music Festival, she has also played and taught at The Banff Center for! The Arts, the Interlochen Arts Academy, Kneisel Hall in Bluehill Maine, the Marlboro Festival (and several Music from Marlboro tours), Musicorda, the Perlman Program, the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival, the Santa Fe Chamber Festival and the Yale Summer School of Chamber Music.
Ms. Strongin Katz has served on numerous international juries,
the most recent being the Banff International String Quartet Competition
and the Naumberg Viola Competition.
Martha Strongin Katz plays a viola made by Lorenzo Storioni of Cremona in 1800.