Violist Charles Noble

Charles Noble

Charles Noble has been Assistant principal violist of the Oregon Symphony since 1995. He has appeared as soloist with the Oregon Symphony in works of Bach, Bruch, Castaldo, and Mozart. His other solo appearances have included the Sunriver Music Festival, Cascade Festival of Music, Chico Symphony (CA), Rose City Chamber Orchestra, Vermont Youth Orchestra, Tacoma Youth Symphony, Tacoma Young Artists Orchestra and Portland Youth Philharmonic.

Prizes and awards received include the C.D. Jackson Award at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Israel Dorman String Prize at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and first prize at the Seattle Ladies Musical Club Competition. His primary teachers were Joyce Ramëe, Michael Tree and Roberto Díaz. He holds degrees from the University of Puget Sound, the University of Maryland, and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.

Charles was a member of the faculty at the inaugural 1998 National Youth Orchestra Festival, and is co-founder of the Max Aronoff Viola Institute in Seattle, Washington, serving on its faculty since 1990. He has also conducted master classes in orchestral audition preparation at the University of Nevada at Reno. As a journalist, he has published two articles in the The Strad magazine, and leading music periodical.

Mr. Noble was one of three American violists invited to tour Japan with an orchestra whose roster included members of the Vienna Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra. Additional summer activities have included posts as principal violist with the Ernest Bloch Music Festival, the Cascade Festival of Music, and co-principal of the Sunriver Music Festival. He has been a featured performing artist at the 2002, 2004, and 2006 International Viola Congresses, and was a founding member of the acclaimed Ethos Quartet. During the 2005-2006 season, he co-founded the Arnica String Quartet along with cellist Heather Blackburn.