Based in Houston, violist Yvonne Smith performs frequently with Bach Society Houston, La Follia Austin Baroque, Ars Lyrica Houston, and American Bach Soloists (San Francisco). In 2016, Yvonne founded la speranza, an ensemble that explores and illuminates the connection between music and wellness through their historically informed performances of wind and string chamber music in Houston communities. Yvonne also appears regularly in the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Houston Ballet, and Grant Park Orchestra (Chicago).
Yvonne earned her Master and Bachelor of Music degrees in Viola Performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University under the tutelage of Joan DerHovsepian and James Dunham. She recently attended the inaugural 2020 Smithsonian Haydn Academy. Yvonne’s baroque viola was made by Timothy Johnson in 2017 after Andrea Guarneri, 1676.
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