Lembi Veskimetsjoined the viola section of The Cleveland Orchestra in 1997, having previously held the positions of principal viola of the Ohio Chamber Orchestra and of the National Repertory Orchestra. She received both her bachelor and master of music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she was a student of Robert Vernon, principal viola of The Cleveland Orchestra. An enthusiastic chamber musician, she has participated in the Aspen Center for Advanced Quartet Studies, the Taos School of Music, the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, the Sarasota Music Festival, the EXPO in Osaka, Japan, Chamber Music Encounters in Paris, France and the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshop at Carnegie Hall.
Veskimets also performs in the public schools as an Artist-Teacher in The Cleveland Orchestra’s Learning Through Music program and has served as a board member of the American Viola Society and contributed to its journal. Born in Toronto, Canada of Estonian parentage, she has been featured on the gala concerts of several international Estonian festivals, as well as appearing in recital at the International Viola Congress. She is on the faculty of Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Cleveland Music Settlement. She has also taught and performed at the Encore School for Strings (OH) and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival (VT).
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