About Joan DerHovsepian

Joan Derhovsepian Violist Joan DerHovsepian has held the Associate Principal chair of the Houston Symphony since 2010 and currently serves as Acting Principal. She joined the viola section in 1999, hired by Christoph Eschenbach. Solo appearances in 2022 with the Houston Symphony include Mozart Sinfonia Concertante led by Jane Glover and Bruch Double Concerto under the baton of music director Andres Orozco-Estrada. 

 2022 summer festival and chamber series invitations include the Seattle Chamber Music Society, the Mainly Mozart Festival, the Lake Lure Chamber Music Festival, the Peninsula Music Festival, the Texas Music Festival, Music in Context, St. Cecelia Chamber Music Society, and the National Orchestral Institute as a faculty member. 

 A dedicated teacher, Ms. DerHovsepian is the Artist Teacher of Viola at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, mentoring students through viola orchestral repertoire classes and independent study. She is a regular guest faculty with the New World Symphony and has given masterclasses in orchestra audition preparation for music schools such as the New England Conservatory and for viola students of the Juilliard School. 

 Ms. DerHovsepian was violist of the Everest Quartet, top prize winners at the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. She served two seasons as Principal Viola of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and played with the Rochester Philharmonic for two seasons. Her primary teachers include James Dunham and Kim Kashkashian.