Eva Cappelletti Chao

Advisory Board Member & AMH Musician, Violin

Violinist Eva Cappelletti Chao performs with the the Baltimore Symphony, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the National Symphony, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Eclipse Chamber Orchestra and the National Philharmonic. She is Concertmaster for Concert Opera of Washington as well as for many of the choral groups in the DC area. Summer seasons find Eva enjoying performing with the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Prior orchestral positions have included Concertmaster and soloist with the Washington Chamber Symphony at the Kennedy Center, Assistant Concertmaster of the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Opera in Norfolk, the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC and member of the New World Symphony in Miami, FL.

As a chamber musician, teacher and guest soloist, she enjoys a successful collaboration with violist husband Philippe Chao as The Cappelletti-Chao Duo. Together they’ve performed at the American Festival for the Arts, for radio on KQED, with the Wintergreen Music Festival and Eastern Music Festival, as well as throughout the east coast in recital and for house concerts.

From the age of six, Eva grew up learning bluegrass fiddle alongside her classical training, fostering her diverse musical tastes and abilities. As the lead violinist with the WAMMIE-award winning group QUINTANGO, she tours nationally and internationally and has recently recorded their 6th CD,”Tango Lovers.” Last year, Eva had the honor of performing at the White House for President Obama and the First Lady with “The King of Bachata” Romeo Santos, broadcast live on the PBS special Salute to the Troops.

Recently, through a wonderful organization called “A Musical Heart,” Eva has begun to play violin for Hospice patients in their final stages of life. It is a most fulfilling and gratifying experience for her.

As a pedagogue, Mrs Cappelletti Chao is violin faculty at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA. She also is a sectional coach for the orchestra at Georgetown University. Prior teaching appointments have been with the Levine School of Music and the American Youth Philharmonic, and she has served as adjudicator for many organizations, including MSMTA-ASTA.

A summa cum laude graduate of Ohio University, Mrs. Cappelletti Chao has a double degree in Psychology and Music. She earned her MFA in Violin Performance at Carnegie Mellon University having been awarded a full scholarship to study with former Pittsburgh Symphony Concertmaster, Andres Cardenes. Post graduate work has included studies with Josef Gingold, Joseph Silverstein, Donald Weilerstien, Roland Vamos, MaryLou Speaker-Churchill, Toby Appel, Martin Beaver and Burton Kaplan.