Biography

D.C. based violist, Tonya Burton is passionate about performing in diverse venues and settings. She is frequently traveling to perform and has been a guest artist for the Houston Viola Society, Texas A&M Corpus Christi College, Texas Lutheran University and has been featured on the All Classical Portland, Oregon 89.9 station as well as the Los Angeles KCRW 89.9 station. Tonya has also participated in Street Symphony performances on Skid Row, Los Angeles and can be found playing at her local churches, libraries and nursing homes. 

An active chamber musician, Tonya is a core member of KINETIC. She both performs and programs for the Houston based chamber ensemble known for showcasing diverse, under represented and newly composed classical musical. Tonya is also a member of the D.C. based Natonya duo, plays with the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra in Los Angeles and performs annually at the Caroga Lake Chamber music festival. Prior summers have been at esteemed festivals such as the Perlman Music Program, Talis Festival in Saas-Fee, Switzerland and Heifetz International Music Institute. She has collaborated with renowned artists including Donald Weilerstein, Jeffrey Irvine, Katherine Murdock, Mark Kosower, Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, Wen Qian, David Ehrlich, Natsuki Fukasawa, Beatriz Blanco, Dimitri Ashkenazy, Richie Hawley, Fabio Di Càsola and Juan Pechuan Ramirez.

Tonya is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Maryland while serving as studio assistant to Katherine Murdock. She received a Master’s in Music from Rice University, studying with James Dunham and a Bachelor’s of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Jeffrey Irvine. Tonya was a finalist in the Frances Walton Competition and has been the recipient of the Angela Svendson Memorial Music Scholarship, the Paula Meredith Mosle Endowed Scholarship in Music and the Elaine Christians Memorial Scholarship Award. 

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