Violist Felix Ungar has performed as soloist and chamber musician at concert halls around the world. Recent engagements as soloist with the Wairua Sinfonietta in Auckland, New Zealand, recitals at Lee Hysan Hall, the Musica Del Cuore Series, and Guangzhou Arts Centre, and chamber music at National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Ungar has given masterclasses and lectures at the Shanghai Conservatory, Guangdong Viola Society, Beijing International Music Festival, Dragonfly Music Festival in Tianjin, Taipei National University of the Arts, Cleveland Institute of Music, Hong Kong Baptist University, the American Viola Society Festival at Oberlin, as well as International Viola Congresses in Wellington, New Zealand, and Rotterdam, Holland, and on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. He has participated in music festivals including Prussia Cove, Prades, Recontres Musicales at Menuhin Academie, Altensteig, Cervantino, Niagara, Kneisel Hall, Music Academy of the West at Santa Barbara, Banff, Sion, Orford, Weathersfield, Bad-Leonfelden, and Bowdoin, among others. Ungar holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music. In conjunction with his undergraduate studies, Ungar also received a double-minor in East Asian Studies and Mandarin from Case Western Reserve University.
Ungar’s principal teachers were Jeffrey Irvine, Lynne Ramsey, Carol Rodland, Donald McInnes, and studied in courses with Ruth Killius and Thomas Riebl. As a Fulbright Scholar, he spent one year in Taiwan commissioning and premiering new works for viola and studying viola pedagogy. Ungar teaches in the Senior (university level) and Junior programs at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and is an Artist-Teacher and Lecturer at HKBU. A dedicated teacher, his students have matriculated at prestigious institutions including The Juilliard School and New England Conservatory, and been accepted to programs including the Heifetz Institute, IMS Prussia Cove, and Perlman Music Program, among others.