Omar Shelly

Viola

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Alma maters: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of Michigan
Awards/Competitions: 1st Prize, 2014 Inaugural Dale and Nancy Briggs Chamber Music Competition; 1st Prize, 2012 American Fine Arts Festival Golden Era of Romantic Music Competition
Appearances: Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Eastern Canada, 2015; Orchestre Francophonie, Quebec, 2015; Orford Arts Centre, Orford, 2015; Sphinx Virtuosi, Fall US Tour, 2014; Castleton Festival, Virginia, 2014; New York String Orchestra Seminar, 2013; Aspen Summer Music Festival and School, 2013; Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme, England, 2012; San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, 2009–12
Instagram: @jemus20
Twitter: @omarvelous20
Musical origins: I started playing viola when I was 11 years old because my grandma played the viola in high school.
Favorite TŌN memory: Rehearsing and performing with JoAnn Falletta was such a privilege last season, and I’m excited to do it again this season.
Favorite piece to play: Beethoven’s String Quartet No.1
Favorite obscure piece: Copland’s Clarinet Concerto
Favorite musical memory: My Easter Sunday performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Aldeburgh, U.K., back in 2012
Proudest accomplishment: Recently taking my family on vacation to Hawaii
Favorite non-musical activity: Driving and traveling
Last book read: Candide by Voltaire
Favorite painting: Anything Rothko
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Practice slower.

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