Korey Konkol, viola
Hailed by Fanfare magazine for his “richly textured tone” and an ability to “weave a magic spell”, violist Korey Konkol has concertized throughout the United States, Europe, Latin and South America with extensive solo, chamber and orchestral appearances to his credit. As violist of the Twin Cities-based Ensemble Capriccio, one of only several professional string trios in the world, he was awarded the first annual McKnight Foundation Fellowship for Performing Artists in 1997. Korey has frequently performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Bakken Trio having also served as principal violist with the Ann Arbor, Peoria, and Knox-Galesburg Symphony Orchestras. Many compositions have been written for and recorded by Konkol, including works by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Stephen Paulus, João Guilherme Ripper, Randall Davidson, Judith Zaimont and John Tartaglia.
Konkol has garnered numerous prestigious awards throughout an illustrious teaching and performing career including the American Viola Society Founders Award for his Herculean efforts as Host and Chair of the XXXII International Viola Congress held in 2004. Konkol was honored as the 2006 William Primrose Artist of the Year after presenting a recital and master class at Brigham Young University, Utah. Konkol joined the SPCO as a guest musician for its 2005-2006 season and soloed with a performance of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 6. More recently, Korey’s outstanding teaching was recognized and celebrated through the Minnesota Strings & Orchestra Teachers Association (MNSOTA) Master Teacher Studio Award. Konkol's own students have placed in major competitions and many hold positions in professional orchestras, string quartets and/or teach at distinguished institutions across the country.
Appointed Professor of Viola at the University of Minnesota in 1992, Korey is currently head of the School of Music’s string division. Before coming to Minnesota, he was a professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Having studied with luminary pedagogues Walter Trampler, Eugene Lehner, and Roland Vamos, Konkol holds degrees from Western Illinois University and the New England Conservatory of Music, where he graduated with academic honors and distinction in performance.