Amanda Grimm - viola

Violinist and violist Amanda Grimm enjoys a versatile career as a freelance artist in the greater Chicago area. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and Carnegie Mellon University she has performed as a soloist, recitalist, and concertmaster in both the United States and abroad. Making her concerto debut at age fifteen with the Parma Symphony Orchestra, she has also soloed with the Baldwin Wallace Youth Orchestra, the Blue Lake European Orchestra, the Carnegie Mellon Baroque Ensemble, and the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic as the winner of its concerto competition. Also an active chamber musician, she has been a member of the Cerberus Piano Trio, the Logan Piano Quartet, the Logan Square Chamber Players, and the Silberman award winning Faure Piano Quintet.

The former concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Opera Theater Orchestra, Ms. Grimm has performed as a violinist and violist with the Elgin, Northwest Indiana, and Wheeling Symphonies, as well as the Illinois Philharmonic, Chicago Philharmonic, and Chicago Chamber Orchestras. From 2009-2011, she held a position as a violinist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. In 2012 she was appointed a member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic viola section as well as selected as a Fellow of the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center where she also served as Principal Viola. She currently serves as Associate Principal Viola of Orchestra Iowa.

Ms. Grimm was featured on WQED Pittsburgh as the first violin soloist in a performance of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins, on WBEZ Chicago in a live broadcast from Roosevelt University, and on Iowa Public Radio as a performer in Orchestra Iowa’s Chamber Music Series. She was also heard live on WCLV Cleveland as concertmaster of the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony under Sir Simon Rattle. Ms. Grimm can be heard on the soundtrack for the documentary film In My Hands, which was an official entry at the Toronto Film Festival and seen on the PBS special “Ethan Bortnick: The Power of Music.”