Violist Bethany Hargreaves has performed as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician across North America, Europe, China, and Israel. Notable performances include her solo debut on Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, two concerto appearances with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra and, most recently, the Yale School of Music Faculty Artist Series. A passionate chamber musician, Hargreaves has collaborated in concert with distinguished musicians such as Miriam Fried, Ara Gregorian, Ani Kavafian, Itzhak Perlman, Peter Salaff, and Donald Weilerstein. Additionally, she is currently a member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and New Haven Symphony Orchestra viola sections and has performed as a principal orchestral musician on stages including Alice Tully Hall, Berliner Philharmonie, KKL Luzern, and Severance Hall.
Hargreaves’ festival appearances include the Aspen Music Festival and School, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and New Music Workshop, Taos School of Music, and the Perlman Music Program. During her nine years of association with the Perlman Music Program, she has participated in residencies in Sarasota, Florida, and Tel Aviv, Israel. Community engagement through the Perlman Music Program includes interactive performances on Long Island, New York City, and Sarasota in schools and assisted living facilities. Other appearances with the Perlman Music Program include performances in Bing Hall at Stanford University, the Ringling Museum of Art, and the Sarasota Opera House.
In addition to her positions with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Hargreaves has performed with the Blossom Festival Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, and the New World Symphony, and has served as principal viola of the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, and Yale Philharmonia. While at The Juilliard School, Hargreaves served as principal viola for the 2017 Juilliard Orchestra Scandinavian tour in collaboration with the Sibelius Academy under Finnish composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. She currently performs with multiple New York City based chamber music ensembles including New York Classical Players, Versoi Ensemble, and the Noree Chamber Soloists, the latter with whom she held a residency at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute. Hargreaves recently appeared on a Yale School of Music Faculty Artist Series alongside with faculty members Michael Friedmann, Ani Kavafian, and Wei-Yi Yang performing Arnold Schöenberg’s Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte, Op. 41.
Hargreaves began studying violin with Rebecca Ensworth at the age of four and later switched to viola when she was twelve years old, studying with Louise Zeitlin. Her other primary teachers include Misha Amory, Heidi Castleman, Jeffrey Irvine, and Lynne Ramsey. She holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, where she was a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship. Hargreaves recently graduated from the Yale School of Music in the spring of 2020 with a Master’s of Musical Arts degree studying with Ettore Causa as a Stephen and Denise Adams Fellowship recipient and winner of the Grosvenor Memorial Prize in Viola Accomplishment. She plays on a viola made by her dear friend, Gabrielle Kundert.
Bethany Hargreaves has taught numerous violin and viola students ranging from beginners through college level. She was raised with the Suzuki Method with one of the most prominent Suzuki violin teachers in America, Rebecca Ensworth. After teaching the Suzuki Method herself through high school and during her undergraduate degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Hargreaves became Suzuki Twinkle through Book 1 certified through the Cleveland Institute of Music studying pedagogy with Kimberly Meyer-Sims.
Hargreaves has also taught extensively through community engagement with the Perlman Music Program and the Perlman Music Program/Suncoast, which consisted of interactive chamber music performances and presentations in schools throughout Long Island, New York City, and Sarasota County. In the New York metropolitan area, she has taught privately at the Fairfield School of Music, Metropolitain Concert Artists, and the Yale School of Music as a Teaching Artist.
If you are interested in enrolling in private violin or viola lessons and would like more information, you can reach Bethany through the Contact page.