TOBY

Violinist/Violist/Narrator

Toby Appel has appeared in recital and concerto performances throughout North and South America, Europe, and the Far East.  He has been a member of such renowned ensembles as TASHI, and the Lenox and Audubon Quartets.  Mr. Appel has been a guest artist with the Vermeer, Manhattan, and Alexander Quartets as well as a frequent guest with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society and with jazz artists Chick Corea and Gary Burton. Festival performances include those with Mostly Mozart (NY); Santa Fe (NM); Angel Fire (NM); Colorado College (Co); Telluride (Co); Steamboat Springs (Co); Orcas Island Chamber Music (Wa); Seattle (Wa), Bravo! Vail Valley (Co);  Chamber Music Northwest (Or); and Marlboro (Vt); as well as festivals in England; France; Korea; Germany; Italy; Finland; Colombia; and Greece.  In 1975, Mr. Appel was featured in a CBS television special performing works commissioned by him for three violas, all played by Toby Appel.  In 1980, Mr. Appel was the winner of Young Concert Artists International.

A most versatile artist, Mr. Appel has narrated performances including:  A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, by Benjamin Britten,  Ferdinand, by Alan Ridout and Munro Leaf,  Ode to Napoleon, by Arnold Schoenberg,  Histoire du Soldat, by Igor Stravinsky,  Masque of the Red Death, by Andre Caplet and Edgar Allan Poe, and Facade, by William Walton and Edith Sitwell.  Mr. Appel is a frequent commentator for National Public Radio’s Performance Today.

Toby Appel entered the Curtis Institute at age 13 under the guidance of Max Aronoff.  He is currently on the viola and chamber music faculties at the Juilliard School in New York City.  Other teaching has included professorships at the State University of New York; Carnegie Mellon University; and The Yale School of Music.  He has toured for the United States State Department and performed at the United Nations and at the White House.  Mr. Appel’s chamber music and recital recordings can be heard on the Columbia; Delos; Desto; Koch International; Opus 1; and Musical Heritage Society labels.

Toby Appel lives in New York City with his wife, Carolyn.