Since 1970, violist Louise Schulman has been widely recognized as one of New York’s most dedicated, versatile, and gifted instrumentalists. She is a founding member of St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble and Orchestra of St. Luke’s, performing on virtually all of the group’s acclaimed concerts and recordings as co-principal violist.
Louise has a major affinity for early music, performing on a variety of stringed instruments including Baroque viola and violin, vielle, cittern, viola d’amore, and viols. Louise has also made her mark in the field of contemporary music. Since 1975, she has been on the performing and coaching staff of the Composers Conference at Wellesley College, performing and recording numerous chamber works by gifted young composers, and is now the staff representative on the conference’s board of directors. Her recording of Interviews for viola and piano by Eleanor Cory is on CRI records.
Louise gives frequent duo recitals with guitarist Bill Zito. Their CD, An Italian in Vienna: Duos by Mauro Giuliani has been released worldwide on the Sono Luminus label. Louise often performs solo recitals with piano, and as a concerto soloist. She also performs with the Strathmere Ensemble and Long Island Baroque Ensemble.
Her viola is by Zanetto da Montechiaro, ca. 1530.