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Rami Solomonow

Rubin Academy of Music (Tel Aviv, Israel)
BA Northern Illinois University 

Courses Taught
Applied Viola 


Rami Solomonow is a graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv, Israel where he studied with Oedoen Partos. He was a member of the Israel Chamber Orchestra until 1972 and received prizes in viola and chamber music from the American-Israel Foundation. In 1973 Mr. Solomonow moved to the US where he studied with Shmuel Ashkenasi at Northern Illinois University. From 1974 to 1995 he served as Principal Violist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In 1995 he left the opera to become a founding member of the Chicago String Quartet which was the Quartet in residence at DePaul University and Taos School of Music until 2004.
Mr. Solomonow has been a faculty member at DePaul University since 1981 and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in numerous concerts, music festivals and summer music schools in the United States, Israel, Japan and South America. Mr. Solomonow is a member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians Ensemble and in recent years, has performed chamber works with Menahem Pressler, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Leonard Rose, Gil Shaham, Shlomo Mintz, Edgar Mayer, Christoph Eschenbach, Midori, Robert McDonald and members of the Guarneri,Borodin, and Juilliard Quartets. He has also been a guest violist with the Vermeer, American,Fine Arts, Audubon, Cassatt and DaPonte String Quartets and the Tempest Trio.

Mr. Solomonow has performed on live television and radio broadcasts and has recorded with the Vermeer Quartet, Chicago String Quartet, Chicago Chamber Musicians, and as a solo violist with the DePaul Wind Ensemble. A recording of a Mozart chamber works for strings and winds with the Chicago Chamber Musicians has been nominated to the Grammy award.

Viola Studio Page

Rami Solomonow performs Jean Francaix's Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano with fellow faculty member Julie DeRoche and former faculty member Aglika Angelova: First and Fourth Movements