Violist Edwin Kaplan has already forged a versatile identity as a recitalist, chamber musician, and as a committed and dynamic orchestral player. His performances have included an appearance as soloist in Bach’s 6th Brandenburg Concerto at the La Jolla Music Society alongside his mentor, renowned violist Richard O’Neill, as well as performances at the Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C., and on Manhattan School of Music’s Sound and Image series. Since moving to New York, Edwin has appeared on several concert series including Lyrica Chamber Music and NYC House Concerts. His vibrancy as a chamber musician has helped win him the chance to collaborate with such highly regarded musicians as violinist Scott Yoo, the pianist Walter Ponce, violist Paul Coletti as well as the American String Quartet. In addition, he has performed quartets at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Tanglewood, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival in Colorado Springs, and at the Viana do Castelo International Music Festival in Portugal. A seasoned orchestral player, Edwin was a longtime member of the American Youth Symphony in Los Angeles, where he served as Assistant Principle violist. Most recently, he has led the viola sections of the Yale Philharmonia.
In his years as a violinist, Edwin benefited from studies with such distinguished teachers and musicians as Patinka Kopek, Naoko Tanaka, from the constant coaching of his father, the violinist Mark Kaplan. At the Manhattan School of Music, and later at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, Edwin distinguished himself with numerous concert appearances and with a featured role in Itzhak Perlman’s PBS documentary, “Fiddling for the Future.” The depth and commitment he brings to his viola playing owes heavily to this rich musical background.
Edwin has earned a BA ’08 at the University of California with Paul Coletti and Richard O’Neill. At the Yale School of Music, Edwin received his MM ’10 and an AD ‘11 with Jesse Levine and Ettore Causa, where he was coached regularly by pianist Claude Frank and Martin Beaver of the Tokyo String Quartet. Edwin has played in masterclasses for Toby Appel, Roberto Diaz, Anton Kuerti, Samuel Rhodes, and Phillip Ying. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Manhattan School of Music, with Karen Dreyfus and Lawrence Dutton.