Aria Cheregosha joins the Houston-based ensemble as its core violist


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The Apollo Chamber Players has appointed Aria Cheregosha as its new core violist, succeeding Whitney Bullock. The appointment coincides with the ensemble’s 16th season.

Persian-American violist Cheregosha is a North Carolina native, who began her musical studies at age seven. At age 13, she had already performed at both Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center and was the youngest semi-finalist in the 2012 Viola Congress Competition. 

Cheregosha holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Kim Kashkashian, and from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Roger Tapping. She was a member of the Ivani Quartet, which was awarded first prize at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, was the fellowship quartet at Bowdoin Music Festival in 2017, and won third prize at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. 

She is also currently the artist in residence for 2023-2024 at the Harvard Research Institute, Dumbarton Oaks, with fellow violist .Lauren Spaulding in their Persian and Cajun viola duo, Tallā Rouge. Tallā Rouge aims to bring their heritage to the stage, challenging audiences’ perception of the viola by showcasing under-represented music for their under-represented instrument.

The Apollo Chamber Players’ 16th season is entitled Silenced Voices, a response to the modern era’s continued efforts to ban, censor, and marginalise. The season features world premiere Apollo commissions by Allison Loggins Hull, Mark Buller, DJ Spooky, Jasmine Barnes, and Joey Roukens, as well as the release of a January 2024 Azica album titled Trace of Time, with new commissions by Adolphus Hailstork and Latin Grammy-winning bandoneon performer-composer Hector Del Curto.

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