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Diane Phoenix-Neal

Teaching Artist, Violin & Viola
Office Location: FAC 247

Diane Phoenix-Neal performs regularly throughout the United States and abroad as a collaborative chamber musician and as a soloist in addition to her roles as an educator and clinician. Her performances have taken her to concert stages worldwide, including France, Portugal, China, North Africa, Brazil and Australia, and to the music festivals of Spoleto, Banff, and Evian (France).

Dr. Phoenix-Neal received her training from the Juilliard School, the UNC School of the Arts, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While attending the Juilliard School as a student of William Lincer and of the Juilliard Quartet, she received merit scholarship awards, served as principal violist of the Juilliard Orchestra, and performed with the New York Philharmonic. She is a founding member of the chamber ensemble Musica Harmonia, formed to promote peace and cultural understanding through musical collaboration. Musica Harmonia has completed two tours to Brazil and presented its first commissioned works in festival concerts in 2011. Dr. Phoenix-Neal will collaborate with composers Gwyneth Walker and Jerzy Kornowicz in various projects in 2013, including two world premiere performances. Highlights of her chamber music and solo recitals include concerts with the chamber music series “Sitkovetsky and Friends,” with Dmitry Sitkovetsky, with Eastern Music Festival, UNC-Greensboro, University of South Carolina, Anderson University, the American Library of Nancy (France) and the Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon).

Her varied and vibrant solo appearances include performances with the Central Community Orchestra, Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, the North Carolina Symphony, and the Orchestre de Picardie (France), where she was principal violist for eight years while serving as the violist of the Joachim Quartet (France). Dr. Phoenix-Neal is the recipient of several awards, including laureates from UNC Greensboro, the Banff International String Quartet Competition, the French Foreign Ministry, and the United Arts Council of Greensboro (NC). She is currently principal violist of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, and serves on the faculties of the Eastern Music Festival, a premiere summer institute and of Central College.

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