Basil Vendryes has been Principal Violist of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra since 1993. He is a former member of the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Rochester Philharmonic orchestras. As violist with the Aurora String Quartet (1986-95) Mr. Vendryes performed extensively, and has recorded the complete Mendelssohn Quartets for Naxos. He currently serves on the faculties of the University of Denver Lamont School of Music, the Castleman Quartet Program in Fredonia, New York, the Green Valley Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada and the Interharmony International Music Festival in Tuscany, Italy. He is also the founder/director of the Colorado Young Sinfonia. Working with young talent is one of his passions, and Basil has given classes in viola and chamber music throughout the United States.
Basil Vendryes studied at the Manhattan School of Music and the Eastman School of Music, working with Sally O’Reilly, Francis Tursi and Heidi Castleman. He has recorded for Columbia, Phillips, Decca, RCA and Nonesuch, as well as chamber music for the Ariel, Cadenza Music, Centaur, CRI and Naxos labels. Mr. Vendryes plays on a rare Italian viola made in 1887 by Carlo Cerruti