Mary Ferrillo, Viola

Violist Mary Ferrillo joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra in September 2019. An active freelancer, she was previously offered a position with the Rochester Philharmonic and has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic. She has been a regular substitute violist with both the BSO and the Boston Pops for several years. Ms. Ferrillo spent three summers (2012–14) as a Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, where she received the 2014 Maurice Schwartz Prize. She returned to Tanglewood as a member of the New Fromm Players in 2016 and 2017, premiering works by John Harbison, Joseph Phibbs, Kui Dong, and Marc Neikrug, among others. She has also performed at the Spoleto Festival USA, Japan’s Pacific Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. As a chamber musician, she performs frequently in the Boston and Berkshire areas in concerts actively combining contemporary and classical repertoire to create engaging and unique programs. At the University of Pennsylvania’s 2018 "Rochberg @ 100" centennial celebration, she performed Rochberg’s Seventh String Quartet with other Tanglewood colleagues alongside the Daedalus Quartet. Ms. Ferrillo earned her bachelor of music degree at the University of Maryland–College Park with Katherine Murdock. She received her master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, studying with Roger Tapping and Edward Gazouleas. She went on to work with Mr. Gazouleas at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Other teachers and mentors have included Cathy Basrak, Robert Vernon, Michael Tree, and Carol Rodland.