Ariana Solotoff, violist, is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree, under the tutelage of Michael Tree (founding member of Guarneri Quartet) and Masao Kawasaki.
Ariana divides her time between California and Switzerland. She is a graduate student at the Haute École de Musique in Geneva, where she studies with Miguel da Silva (founding member of Ysaye Quartet) and works closely with Gabor Takacs-Nagy (founding member of Takacs Quartet).
Ms. Solotoff began her studies on violin at age 6; at 12, she switched to viola, and she was admitted to the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. In 2005 she began studies at the Colburn School of Performing Arts from which she graduated in 2011. During this time she also studied with Donald McInnes at the University of Southern California.
In her first year as a violist, Ms. Solotoff was invited to perform live on the Grammy Awards with pop star Kelly Clarkson. She was a first prize winner of the 2008 ASTA state competition in California. She has served as principal violist in Colburn Chamber Orchestra, Colburn String Orchestra and LACHSA Symphony Orchestra.
She has participated in many festivals, including the Pablo Casals Chamber Music Festival in Prades, France; École d’Arts Américaines in Fontainebleau, France; Banff Master Classes for Strings and Winds; Eastern Music Festival; Idyllwild Summer Chamber Music; and YMF National Debut Orchestra Festival.
She has worked closely with renowned artists such as Roberto Diaz, Miguel da Silva Paul Coletti, Hagai Shaham, PierreHenri Xuereb, Bruno Pasquier, Shanghai Quartet, Fine Arts Quartet, Vladimir Mendhelssohn, Tasso Adamopoulos and more.
At Juilliard she played with the New Juilliard Ensemble under the direction of Joel Sachs, premiering new pieces and collaborating with emerging composers.
Ms. Solotoff has also enjoyed an extensive teaching career in Los Angeles at the Pascale Music Institute. She is a Pascale Method for Beginning Violin certified teacher. She directs and runs the institute’s innovative ‘Practice Bootcamp’ program. And she has produced gala concerts featuring well-known artists like Tao Ni, Oscar Meza, and Anton Smirnov. She coaches the Los Angeles Children’s Orchestra, which as a child she had served as its concertmaster.