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 Juilliard School, she is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship, holding the fellowship for six years. 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.

 

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 and masterclasses for the past nine years including Music Academy of the West, where she studied with the Takács Quartet in the prestigious String Quartet Seminar. She was an International Program Artist at Music@Menlo in 2018. Most recently, Erin attended the renowned Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland in addition to the International Music Seminar at Prussia Cove England, studying with Lars Anders Tomter and Thomas Riebl (2019). 

In summer of 2022, Erin will participate in the 5th Tokyo International Viola Competition. Priorly, Pitts has participated in the First Hindemith International Viola Competition in Munich, Germany (2021). 

Other awards and engagements include the Samuel Fordis Competition, Johansen International Strings Competition, and American Viola Society Competition. Erin was featured on NPR’s From the Top on three occurrences (2015, 2016, 2017). Erin plays as a substitute with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.​

Aside from playing the viola, Erin has worked as the Government Relations intern for three years  at Carnegie Hall. In her spare time, Erin currently takes commissions for her cadenza writing, curates concert pairings, and serves as a private contractor. Within free time, she enjoys recreating memorable moments by pairing her favorite restaurant foods and cocktails together, for her friends.