Faculty Profiles

Ira Weller


Ira Weller received B.Music and M.Music degrees from the Juilliard School of Music, where he studied violin with Ivan Galamian. Now a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Weller has a wide range of performing experience and is highly regarded as a soloist and chamber musician. He plays regularly in New York with the Festival Chamber Players at their series in Merkin Hall, on the "Collection in Concert" series at the Morgan Library & Museum, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and with the Bard Music Festival Quartet.

A regular guest with Da Camera of Houston and at the Bard Music Festival and Kneisel Hall, Weller has also been an invited artist with Bargemusic, Da Capo, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, New York Chamber Soloists, Music From Marlboro, and Chamber Music Northwest. He has collaborated with many distinguished artists, including James Levine, Menahem Pressler, Dawn Upshaw, Rudolf Firkusny, Evelyn Lear, Robert Mann, Janos Starker, and Richard Stoltzman. His vital interest in contemporary music has led to premieres of works by Rorem, Laderman, Dello Joio, Picker, Ran, and Zwilich.

He is artistic director of the "Collection in Concert," which presents "aural exhibitions" of the collection of music manuscripts in the Morgan Library. Research at the library has also led to the discovery of a rare 18th-century original viola sonata by Felice Giardini. This work, edited by Weller and Ken Cooper, was published by International Music. As a founding member and violist for the first ten years of the Mendelssohn String Quartet, Weller has recorded works by Dvorák, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schoenberg, Weber, and Ran.