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A Tribute to Violinist Steve Viola
Steve Viola’s tragic passing left many individuals in mourning. Along with his brothers, he founded La Casa Dolce bakery which made an indelible mark on their community and beyond.
His dedication to excellence in both his personal and professional lives inspired others, so read this article to gain more insight into his life and legacy.
Early Life and Education
Steve Viola serves as Vice President at Greenwin, a real estate management company that handles residential properties. With more than 10 years of experience and an emphasis on creating value and positive outcomes for his clients, Viola possesses a comprehensive business background and excels at creating positive outcomes.
He is an award-winning member of both the Grammy and Juno-nominated ARC Ensemble as well as its sister ensemble Zebra Trio, having performed around the globe and made recordings.
He is a graduate of Drexel University where he studied media arts and design. Since then he has served as designer/art director for multiple companies, such as Method Studios, Intralink, yU+co, Rok!t Studio as well as being a professional musician teaching violin/viola lessons.
Viola has been performing professionally as a violist for more than three decades. Additionally, he has experience as both an instructor and coach, serving as sectional coach in both Green Bay and Fox Valley youth symphonies as sectional coach and teaching sectionals respectively. Furthermore, Viola has participated in chamber ensembles and music festivals worldwide.
Eric has recorded for numerous labels and performed as a soloist throughout North America, Europe and Japan. Gramophone Magazine described his playing as rivetting while the Journal of the American Viola Society called his performances electrifying.
He currently holds the positions of Senior Artist Teacher at Hartt School of the University of Hartford and Chair for both Strings and an intensive string chamber music program at Wintergreen Summer Music Academy in Virginia. In addition, he serves as Director for a new concert series in Hartford Connecticut.
Achievement and Honors
As a recording artist, Steve has earned two Grand Prix du Disque awards and a Gramophone magazine award for Best Chamber Music Recording of the Year. Additionally, he has appeared on PBS’s In Performance at the White House program as well as participating in music festivals like Tanglewood, Marlboro, Schleswig-Holstein Newport Blossom Spoleto Snowbird.
Steve is one of three brothers that founded La Casa Dolce bakery together with David and Andrew. Renowned for its high-quality baked goods, La Casa Dolce has developed a loyal customer base over time.
Steve currently teaches viola at Toronto’s Glenn Gould School and directs chamber music programs at Domaine Forget in Quebec and Music by the Sea Festival in British Columbia with Zebra Trio. His playing instruments come from Gagliano family violas as well as one specially made by Joseph Curtin for commission.
Professionally, he performs with the Zebra Trio and the Smithsonian Players in Washington D.C. He has recorded on CBC, Marquis Classics, Centrediscs, ATMA Classique. In addition, he teaches at University of Toronto as well as being in demand worldwide as a chamber music performer.
He is a dedicated father and family man with his wife and two children. His hobbies include target shooting, hunting and motorcycle riding – not to mention participation in several charity events! He’s known for being generous with his time and resources when needed – not forgetting enjoying spending time with his grandchildren as well as passionate supporter of the arts!
Steve Viola was an acclaimed violist who had performed with various orchestras. Additionally, he taught at Wintergreen Festival & Academy and belonged to Cuatro Puntos Ensemble; an organization dedicated to using music as an agent of social change and cultural awareness.
He died at age 37 due to reasons that remain unknown, though they could possibly be related to his work as a baker. Baking can be physically taxing work that eventually wears on people over time.
The couple own a luxurious estate in Toluca Lake, California which comprises of a 7,500-square-foot main house featuring a private theater and 600 bottle wine cellar; swimming pool; 3-car garage space – listed for $5.7 Million.