About Sheldon Person
Praised by the Edmonton Journal for performing “with precision and grace,” and by NUVO Magazine for his “consistently rich tone [and] expressive, intense playing,” Sheldon Person is a violist in the Houston Symphony and enjoys an active career as a chamber musician, recitalist, and teacher.
As a member of the Houston Symphony, Mr. Person has performed in seven countries on three continents and on their live recording of Alban Berg ’s Wozzeck that received the 2017 Grammy Award. Mr. Person was previously a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and as soloist and guest principal with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
Since 2016, he has been a faculty artist at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. Mr. Person has also appeared at the Houston Symphony Chamber Music Series, the Texas Music Festival, Musica Tra Amici, Musiqa Houston, and at the Zenith Chamber Music Festival at Drake University. Radio broadcasts include appearances on Houston Public Radio and NPR. Mr. Person ’s collaborations on new trios by Per Mårtensson and Karim Al-Zand were released on the Centaur Records label in 2017 and 2018.
As first prize winner of the Royal Overseas League ’s Bernard Shore Viola Competition, Mr. Person performed recitals in London, including an appearance at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. While a member of the Artea String Quartet, Leverhulme Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music, Mr. Person appeared at Wigmore Hall, the South Bank Centre, the Brighton Festival, Buckingham Palace, and live on BBC Radio 3. He was also the winner of the Wayne Crouse Viola Prize at the Corpus Christi International Competition for Piano and Strings.
Mr. Person holds degrees and certificates from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London), Indiana University, Rice University, and the University of Alberta. As a fellow of the Aspen Music Festival and School, he served as the Assistant Principal Viola of both the Aspen Festival and Chamber Orchestras. Mr. Person is a native of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.