ANTHONY DEVROYEArtistic Adviser, Rush Hour Concerts
Anthony Devroye enjoys a varied and active career as chamber, orchestral and solo violist and teacher.
He has been violist of the Avalon String Quartet since 2004, and viola faculty at the Northern Illinois University School of Music since 2007. Mr. Devroye has performed with the quartet at major venues throughout the United States, as well as in France and South Korea. He has taught at the Interlochen Advanced String Quartet Program, the Icicle Creek Music Center, and Madeline Island Music Camp; and has given masterclasses at UCLA, BYU, DePaul, and the University of Tennessee.
Mr. Devroye’s orchestral experience includes numerous performances with the Chicago Symphony under Riccardo Muti, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach and other leading conductors. For two years he played with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach; having frequently led the viola section under Michael Tilson Thomas, he also appeared as soloist with the orchestra in 2004. Additional orchestral performances include the New York Philharmonic and Chicago’s Lyric Opera Orchestra, Grant Park Orchestra and Music of the Baroque.
As a chamber musician Mr. Devroye has performed at the Ravinia, Norfolk and Angel Fire festivals, and internationally at the Verbier Festival (Switzerland), Rencontres Musicales d’Enghien (Belgium), and in Gothenborg, Sweden. He is an occasional guest with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, and has collaborated with principal players of the Chicago and Milwaukee Symphonies and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Mr. Devroye holds a BA in Biological Science from Columbia University, where he was awarded a Starr Foundation Scholarship while pursuing concurrent viola studies at the Juilliard School. He received a Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music as a Bok Foundation Fellowship recipient. In 2005 he won First Prize at the Julio Cardona International String Competition in Portugal. His viola teachers have included Michael Tree, Roberto Diaz, Toby Appel and Heidi Castleman.