Mary Ellen Woodside


Mary Ellen Woodside is an avid chamber musician, following invitations to festivals such as the Salzburger Festspiele, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Lucerne Festival, Ittingen Whitsun Concerts, Young Artists in Concert in Davos, Kunstfest Weimar, Omaggio a Palladio in Vicenza and the International Musicians Seminar Open Chamber Music, Prussia Cove. Chamber music partners have included Joshua Bell, Tabea Zimmermann, Heinz Holliger, Thomas Demenga, Julian Bliss, Nobuko Imai, Hariolf Schlichtig, Christoph Richter and Dénes Várjon and she has been a guest first violinist with Swiss Chamber Soloists as well as with the Gemeaux and Amati quartets. Ms Woodside has performed internationally as a soloist including double concerti with Tabea Zimmermann, Hariolf Schlichtig and Adelina Oprean and premiers of violin concerti by Aaron Jay Kernis and Martin Derungs. She has recorded CDs of chamber music by Bohuslav Martinu and Robert Blum and with the Merel Quartet CDs with works of Schumann, Janacek and Mendelssohn. She has numerous radio recordings for Swiss Radio DRS2 and for German radio SWR2.


M. E. Woodside is a guest concertmaster of the Camerata Zürich, Basel Chamber Orchestra and the Lucerne Symphony. For many years she was the leader of seconds of the Tonhalle Orchestra, Zürich and also served as assistant concertmaster of the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra. She is a member of András Schiff’s Capella Andrea Barca.


Mary Ellen studied at the Eastman School of Music with Charles Castleman, graduated with highest honors and received the coveted Performer’s Certificate. She won numerous prizes before coming to Europe to continue her studies at the Guildhall School in London with Yfrah Neaman. She was selected as a soloist for Yehudi Menuhins’ «Live Music Now» and won second prize in the Bryan Young Artists Competition and was a finalist in the Washington International Competition and the Kulenkampff Competition in Cologne, Germany. The focal point of her studies were chamber music coachings with mentors including Sándor Végh, András Schiff, György Kurtág, Robert Levin, Alfred Brendel and Ferenc Rados.