A member of the acclaimed Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, IRA WELLER has a wide range of performing experience and is highly regarded as a chamber musician. He was the founding violist of Mendelssohn String and has been a guest artist at the Bard Music Festival. Mr. Weller has also been an invited artist with Bargemusic, DaCapo, 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, Leon Fleischer, Dawn Upshaw, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Janos Starker and Robert Mann. His vital interest in contemporary music has led to premieres of works by Rorem, Laderman, Dello Joio, Picker, Ran and Zwilich. He has edited several works from the collection of music manuscripts in the Pierpont Morgan Library including a rare 18th-century original viola sonata by Felice Giardini and a newly discovered Scherzo from Mendelssohn’s A major string quintet. Mr. Weller is on the viola faculty of the Mannes College of Music and the Conservatory of Music at Bard College. He will be on campus the first four weeks of the season.