Violist Maria Lambros has performed as a member of three of the country’s finest string quartets in venues such as the Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Library of Congress. She was a member of the renowned Ridge String Quartet, which was nominated for the 1993 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance for their recording of the Dvorak Piano Quintets with pianist Rudolf Firkusny. The recording won Europe’s prestigious Diapason d’Or in the same year. She was also a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning Meliora String Quartet, which was Quartet-in-Residence at the Spoleto Festivals of the U.S., Italy, and Australia, and which recorded Mendelssohn’s Octet with the Cleveland Quartet. She was most recently a member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet and is currently the violist with the New York based chamber ensemble, La Fenice.
Ms. Lambros appears regularly at a number of major chamber music festivals, including Yellow Barn, Aspen, Santa Fe, Tanglewood, La Jolla, Caramoor, Norfolk, Skaneateles, Chamber Music West and New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival. A sought after collaborator, she has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Peabody Trio and the Cleveland, Guarneri, Juilliard, Muir, Brentano, Borromeo, Colorado and Orion Quartets, among others, and has performed with many distinguished artists including Leon Fleisher, Jan De Gaetani, Walter Trampler, Paula Robison, Pamela Frank, Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis. She performs on period instruments with Context of Houston and has had many new works written especially for her, including a Viola Concerto, three Viola Sonatas and numerous pieces for viola in combination with other instruments.
Ms. Lambros attended the Eastman School of Music and earned a Master’s Degree in Humanities from New York University. A native of Missoula, Montana, she was named one of “Montana’s Leading Artists and Entertainers of the 20th Century,” a millennial list highlighting the last 100 years of Montanans’ exceptional contributions to art and culture. She is on the faculties of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the Yellow Barn Music School.