Frank Foerster, violist
Violist Frank Foerster enjoys a varied career as orchestral and cham-
er musician, soloist, and composer. He studied at the music schools
of Hannover and Berlin and with Yehudi Menuhin in Switzerland before
coming to New York to study at the Juilliard School with Lillian Fuchs
and Karen Tuttle. He received his doctorate from Juilliard, where he
was appointed principal violist of the Juilliard Orchestra. After winning
several competitions in Europe, he became the first solo violist to
win the Artists International Auditions in New York. He made his
New York recital debut at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. As an
orchestral musician, he has performed under Herbert von Karajan
with the Berlin Philharmonic and under Leonard Bernstein with
the New York Philharmonic.
Since 1988, he has served as principal violist of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Under the baton of Zdenek Macal he was soloist in Bartok’s Viola Concerto with the NJSO. A participant in many summer festivals as teacher and performer, he was winner of the Aspen Concerto Competition at the Aspen Music Festival performing Hindemith’s Viola Concerto. He is also first violist of the New York Scandia Symphony, and member of the Scandia String Quartet. He also enjoys his recent success as a composer. Many of his compositions have been performed and recorded by New York Scandia Symphony and the Scandia String Quartet. His arrangement of Vieuxtemps’ “Souvenir d’Amérique” for viola and piano was published by the International Music Company, New York. He is on the faculty of New Jersey City University.
He performs on a viola made by the brothers Amati in 1620 from the NJSO’s collection of antique Italian instruments.