Graham Oppenheimer is one of the UK’s foremost and most respected violists. He studied with Atar Arad at the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester and was his Graduate Assistant at Eastman School of Music USA. Other teachers included Thomas Riebl at Salzburg Mozarteum and Alberto Lysy at the International Menuhin Music Academy. He was invited to join the English Chamber Orchestra whilst still a student and went on to become a founder member and principal viola of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Claudio Abbado. As a soloist he has performed with orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony and Lapeenranta Symphony Orchestra in Finland.
As a leading chamber musician Oppenheimer has appeared with such artists as Yehudi Menuhin, Paul Tortellier, Murray Perahia, Imogen Cooper, James Galway, Lars Anders Tomter and Jack Brymer. He has also appeared as guest violist with some of the world’s leading quartets, including Vermeer, Lindsay, Pacifica, Vogler, Vanbrugh, Carducci, Australian and Petersen, and with piano trios including the Cropper/Welsh/Roscoe, Hochelaga, Gryphon and Busch. He was a founder member of the Schidlof Quartet with whom he toured worldwide, appeared in many leading concert halls and recorded numerous CD’S. Further critically acclaimed recordings include the Debussy Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp with Sir James Galway. He has also broadcast on radio throughout the world from the BBC in the UK to the ABC in Australia.
Oppenheimer is also a dedicated and much sought after teacher. He is Senior Viola and Chamber Music Tutor at Chetham’s School of Music Manchester and has given masterclasses throughout the world. He has served as a visiting faculty member at the international courses including Bowdoin USA, Astona Switzerland, Taggia Accademia di Musica Italy, Dartington UK, Aberystwyth MusicFest Wales and at the European Chamber Music Academy. As an experienced Artistic Director he has run chamber music Festivals in Leicester, Lincoln and recently founded Project String Quartet aimed at creating education and performing opportunities for emerging young chamber groups.