Heidi Castleman

Valade Instructor of Viola, Interlochen Arts Camp

Professor of Viola, The Juilliard School

B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., University of Pennsylvania (Woodrow Wilson Fellow)

Professor of Viola at the Juilliard School of Music (College and Pre-College Divisions), Heidi Castleman has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, SUNY Purchase, Rice University and Philadelphia Musical Academy.

Ms. Castleman has performed as a member of the former New York String Sextet and as a guest artist with ensembles including the Cleveland, Audubon, Lydian and Cavani Quartets. Master classes and lecture-demonstrations include those given in Vienna, Salzburg, Lubeck, Shanghai, South Korea, as well as in Montreal, Chicago, Dallas, Interlochen and Boulder.

Heidi Castleman was co-founder and viola faculty of the Quartet Program from 1970 to 1990. During summers she has taught and performed at the Aspen Music Festival, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Eastern Music Festival, Banff Centre, Blossom Music Festival and the Perlman Music Program. Ms. Castleman now participates annually in the North American Viola Institute, held at the Orford Arts Center, and in the Heifetz Institute. Currently her Juilliard viola studio is hosting the first American Viola Society pedagogy blog (americanviolasociety.org/studio).

A founding trustee of Chamber Music America (and its President from 1983 to 1987), Ms. Castleman also served on the Boards of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), the Aspen Music Festival and the Perlman Music Program. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Fischoff Competition. Ms. Castleman has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including both the state (Ohio) and national American String Teacher Association "Teacher of the Year" award (1994 and 2004), the Chamber Music America "Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award" (2001), the American Viola Society "Maurice W. Riley Viola Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Viola" (2004), and in 2006 an Honorary Doctorate degree from the University of Montreal.