Hillary Herndon


Hillary Herndon


Violist Hillary Herndon has earned a national reputation for her brilliant playing, “sweetly soaring tone” (Time Out New York), creative programming and insightful teaching. She has been heard on NPR and PBS and has collaborated with some of the world’s foremost artists, including Carol Wincenc, James VanDermark and Itzhak Perlman, who described Hillary as “having it all… a gifted teacher and an excellent musician.” Ms. Herndon’s fist recording, La Viola, a 2-cd set of works for viola written by women of the early 20th century is available on MSR Classics.

Passionate about teaching, Ms. Herndon has published papers in the journals of the American String Teacher and American Viola Society Her recent appearances include performances and master classes at Carnegie Hall, the Sibelius Academy in Finland, Juilliard, Eastman, the University of Michigan, and the International Viola Congress.  Ms. Herndon teaches at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, the Viola Winter Intensive and at the University of Tennessee, where she is the founder of the annual Viola Celebration.  Herndon holds degrees from the Eastman and Juilliard Schools of Music and serves as Secretary for the American Viola Society. For more information, please visit

* Member of the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra

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