Kenneth Mirkin, Viola

The New York Philharmonic

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Biography
Kenneth Mirkin

Violist Kenneth Mirkin often spends as much time working behind the scenes for the New York Philharmonic as he does on stage. A member of the Orchestra since 1982, he has served on every Contract Negotiating Committee since 1985 in addition to the Orchestra, Tour, Pension, and Healthcare Committees. Mr. Mirkin also enjoys teaching privately and coaching the viola sections of the New York Youth Symphony and Interschool Orchestras of New York. A recording artist, he performed Irwin Swack’s Duo for Violin and Viola with former Philharmonic violinist Oscar Ravina on a 1984 Orion Records release. Mr. Mirkin, a native New Yorker, is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

“I did a lot of silent practicing while watching television; I actually learned the technique of vibrato while watching 'I Love Lucy'.”

Q&A with Kenneth Mirkin
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