Erin C. Pitts, Violist

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Atlanta native Erin C. Pitts is a passionate and dedicated violist whose goal is to promote the arts through solo, chamber music, performance, and teaching. A graduate of the The Juilliard School, she is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship. At age 15 she made her concerto debut with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra as first prize winner of the concerto competition. She served as a Principal Violist in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States, sponsored by Carnegie Hall.


She has participated in summer music festivals for the past nine years. For two summers at the Music Academy of the West, included studying with the Takács Quartet in the prestigious String Quartet Seminar. She was an International Program Artist at Music@Menlo. Most recently, Erin participated as a fellow of the renowned Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland. 


Other awards include the Samuel Fordis Competition, Johansen International Strings Competition, and American Viola Society Competition. Erin was featured on NPR’s From the Top in 2015 , 2016 and 2017. Recently, she attended the International Music Seminar at Prussia Cove England, studying with Lars Anders Tomter and Thomas Riebl (2019). 


This October (2021), Erin will participate in the First Hindemith International Viola Competition in Munich, Germany.  On occasion, Erin plays as a substitute with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Erin is pursuing a Master's degree in viola performance under the tutelage of  Misha Amory and Cynthia Phelps. She previously studied with Heidi Castleman, Hsin-Yun Huang, Marilyn Seelman, and Manuel Díaz. Aside from playing the viola, Erin works as the Government Relations intern at Carnegie Hall. She also enjoys walks in Central Park and cycling.