Reid Harris, described in the Miami Herald as possessing a “lovely burnished tone... with seamless legato and just the right poetic touch," was Principal Viola of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra from 1979-2018, holding the endowed Edus H. and Harriet H. Warren Chair. Prior to his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra appointment, Harris served as Assistant Principal with the Baltimore Symphony from 1975 to 1979.
Often heard as a soloist with the Orchestra, Mr. Harris appeared in works by Berlioz, Walton, Hindemith, Strauss, Mozart, Bartók, Telemann, and Bach.
Harris is a graduate of The Cleveland Institute of Music, where his principal mentor was Abraham Skernick. He also studied with William Primrose and Joseph de Pasquale. While at the Music Academy of the West in 1970, he was chosen by Primrose to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award for a violist.
A founding member of the Georgian Chamber Players, Harris performed with the ensemble at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall. That same season, he played with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble in their Atlanta Symphony Hall performance.
He has also played on recording projects by REM and Stone Temple Pilots, and participated in the Amelia Island, Steamboat Springs, Highlands, and Grand Teton music festivals.
Harris was the first member of the Atlanta Symphony to be appointed to the Orchestra’s Board of Directors.
Coaching focus is on advanced violists who are preparing for symphony auditions.
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