Stephen Weiss enjoys an extensive career as a soloist, recording artist, chamber musician, and orchestral player having performed throughout the United States and Europe. His international presence has involved an award to perform with the InterHarmony International Music Festival, where his playing has been hailed as “downright puristic [and] with a warm, viola tone” (Onetz, Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany 2019). 
Stephen's career has involved collaborations with renowned musicians from the Dallas, Charleston, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras, the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, and international artists such as The Who, Josh Groban, Sarah Brightman, Evanescence, Michael W. Smith, Sean Jones, Mark Wood, and the Tran Siberian Orchestra. He is also a founding member of the Red Line String Quartet, which gained national recognition in their inaugural performance at the Sunflower Music Festival in 2015, and has since performed in venues across the United States, including a sold out performance at the DiMenna Center in Manhattan, New York. 
With notable orchestral experience, Stephen was appointed Principal Viola of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra in August 2019. Other positions include Assistant Principal Viola for the Butler County Symphony Orchestra, and a violist with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. He can also be seen with the Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra, Resonance Works Pittsburgh, South Florida Symphony, and Opera Project Columbus. 
Stephen explores the versatility of the viola and violin through multiple projects in rock, jazz, fusion, indie, bluegrass, and much more. As an experienced multi-genre musician, he continues to experiment with breaking boundaries for the viola and violin on acoustic and electric instruments, including his five string electric violin/viola. 
When he is not performing, Stephen is widely recognized for his investment in music education. As a devoted, sought-after teacher, he is currently the Auxiliary Viola Teacher at Carnegie Mellon University. Additionally, Stephen maintains his own professional viola and violin studio, and he has conducted master classes throughout several elementary, middle, and high schools across the United States. 
Stephen received his Master of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied with David Harding and Tatjana Chamis Mead. He is also a graduate of the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University where he studied with Marylene Gingras-Roy. His previous primary teachers include Timothy Deighton and Paul Silver. He has performed in masterclasses led by Roberto Diaz, Masumi Rostad, Joel Smirnoff, Michael Klotz, Michael Strauss, and Andrea Houde. Stephen plays on a 1966 Turtis-model viola, which was originally custom made for the late Pittsburgh Symphony violist Jose Rodriguez.
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