Violinist Paloma Griffin Hébert

The multifaceted career of violinist Paloma Griffin Hébert includes solo appearances and collaborations with leading musicians throughout North America and Europe, as well as orchestral, pedagogical, and popular music activities.

Formerly the Assistant Concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony, Paloma is currently a member of the modern classical ensemble fEARnoMUSIC, which she led as Artistic Director from 2011-2014. She has also served as a Guest Concertmaster for the Eugene Symphony and a tutti violinist with Norway’s Kristiansand Symfonieorkester.

Paloma’s solo appearances include concerts with the Oregon Symphony, the Fresno Philharmonic, and the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra.

As a touring member of the band Pink Martini from 1999-2008, she performed in Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, and with such orchestras as the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Orchestre de Paris. Paloma can be heard on Pink Martini’s 2004 album Hang On, Little Tomato, and 2007’s Hey Eugene, among others. She appeared with the band on The Late Show With David Letterman and Late Night With Conan O’Brien.

A frequent guest artist at music festivals around the US, she has also taught and coached chamber music workshops at Oregon State University, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, and beginning in 2017, the Northwest Orchestra Institute in central Washington.

Paloma was a graduate fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach under conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. Prior to that, she studied at the Eastman School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory. Her principal teachers include Charles Castleman, Ian Swensen and Claudia Shuih.