16=8-year old violist Emma Wernig attended the Heifetz Institute for the first time during the summer of 2015 from her native Los Angeles, California, and was subsequently named a Heifetz On Tour artist for the spring of 2016., giving performances in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and at the Kreeger Museum of Art in Washington, DC. She studies with Paul Coletti at the Colburn Conservatory. She was also a member of the Incendium Quartet, awarded the Gold Medal at the 2015 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, subsequently featured on NPR’s From The Top, a frequent destination of Heifetz students and alumni. Emma has also been a participant in the prestigious Prussia Cove program in Cornwall, England, administered by the International Musicians’ Seminar.
She has enjoyed master classes and lessons from Martin Beaver, and Heifetz Institute faculty members Heidi Castleman, Robert Vernon, Ilya Kaler, Roberto Diaz,, and many others. In the summer of 2014 she studied with violist Tim Frederiksen at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen.
Currently, Emma is the principal of the Colburn Academy’s Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, a member of the Young Artists Symphony Orchestra, and the violist in the “Chimera Quartet”, the Honors Quartet at the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Program at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts. In November 2017, 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, a record deal with Champs Hill and a further prize from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, to be confirmed.