As a passionate violist and enthusiastic teacher, Michael Capone has performed with orchestras and small ensembles in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions of New York and also in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex area in Texas. A graduate of Ithaca College, Mr. Capone received his Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance and Music Education in 2011, studying with Debra Moree. Upon graduation, he won positions with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes and the Binghamton Philharmonic, performing also with Symphoria, Ash Lawn Opera, and the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic. In May 2016, Mr. Capone received his Master of Music at the University of North Texas under the guidance of Susan Dubois. He is currently located in Austin, TX, and performs regularly with the Waco Symphony Orchestra.

An advocate of new music, Mr. Capone is a founding member of the Amorsima String Trio, bringing the lesser-known but equally exciting repertoire of contemporary string trios to the concert stage. He has also performed with a number of new music ensembles, including the Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble X at Cornell University, and NOVA, at the University of North Texas. He has recently commissioned and premiered new works for viola by Seth Shafer, Michael Sterling Smith, and Marco Schirripa, and is committed to expanding the repertoire for the viola.

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