Violist Diane Phoenix-Neal performs nationally and internationally as a collaborative chamber musician and as a soloist. She also enjoys her roles as a clinician and educator nationwide. Her performances, including chamber performances with Musica Harmonia, have taken her to concert stages throughout the world, most recently to France, Poland, and Puerto Rico. Her sound is described as “rich and sumptuous” (Classical Voice of North Carolina) with “an admirable combination of precision and fire” (The New York Times).
Originally from North Carolina, she is a longstanding performing faculty member of the Eastern Music Festival and currently holds the positions of assistant professor of viola at James Madison University and principal violist of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival. A champion of new music for viola, she commissions works from composers worldwide and regularly presents world premiere performances of works written for her.
Her recent recitals and projects featuring contemporary music for viola have been presented at the Northwestern University New Music Conference, the New Frontiers Festival at the University of Wyoming and at the Academy of Music in Kraków, Poland. Dr. Phoenix-Neal received her training from the Juilliard School as a student of William Lincer and of the Juilliard Quartet, from North Carolina’s School of the Arts, and received her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.