Merit School of Music

Wilfred Farquharson

Faculty: Viola

Bio:

A recent graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Wilfred Farquharson is a 24 year old violist from outside of Atlanta, Georgia that is currently based in Chicago. He enjoys a multi-faceted performance career as studio, orchestral, and chamber musician. In addition, he also enjoys teaching violists and nurturing their love for music.

In the summer of 2022, Wilfred performed with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra as one of their fellows. From 2020-2022, he was a Los Angeles Orchestra Fellow which meant he served as a mentor to the students of the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles and performed with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra while he was a graduate student at USC. While in LA he also began working with the Re-Collective Orchestra in their studio sessions and live performances, and he also began performing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as a substitute violist.

Prior to becoming an LA Orchestra Fellow, Wilfred attended the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University as a Premier Young Artist and Hudson and Holland Scholar. During his undergraduate studies at the Jacobs School he studied with Stephen Wyrczynski, Masumi Per Rostad, and was further mentored by Ed Gazouleas, Anne Epperson, and the Pacifica Quartet. Wilfred has also been selected to perform in many masterclasses for world-class artists, such as Pinchas Zukerman, the Dover Quartet, the Ritz Chamber Players, Carol Rodland, Jeffrey Irvine, Kirsten Doctor, and Melia Watres.