Born in 1999, violist Emma Wernig is a native of Los Angeles California, attended the Heifetz Institute for the first time during the summer of 2015, and has subsequently been a Heifetz On Tour alumni artist. In the fall of 2018, Emma was the winner of the 2018 Colburn Concerto Competition, performing the Viola Concerto by William Walton with the Colburn Orchestra. The previous year, Emma was named the 1st Prize winner of the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition in U.K., open to violists around the world under the age of 21. The competition’s first place comes with a cash prize of £5,000, and a debut CD on the Champs Hill label, which she is recording with pianist Albert Cano-Smit.
In addition to her studies at the Heifetz Institute, Emma has participated in the Gstaad Menuhin Festival Academy, IMS Prussia Cove Masterclasses, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival and the Taos School of Music. She will participate in the Verbier Festival Academy in the Summer of 2019.
Emma’s greatest passion lies in chamber music, having collaborated with artists such as Lynn Harrell, Ida Kavafian, Andrew Marriner, Misha Amory, and Clive Greensmith. As a part of the “Incendium Quartet” she won the 2015 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition and continued to win numerous other chamber competitions.
Emma Wernig is a Bachelor of Music candidate at the Colburn Conservatory where she studies with Paul Coletti.