Viola Coach / Conductor
American violist Felix Ungar has performed as soloist and chamber musician at concert halls around the world. Recent engagements as soloist with the Wairua Sinfonietta inn Auckland, recitals at Lee Hysan Hall, Musica Del Cuore Series, and Guangzhou Arts Centre, and chamber music in National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Ungar has given masterclasses and lectures at the Shanghai Conservatory, Guangdong Viola Society, Beijing International Music Festival, Dragonfly Music Festival in Tianjin, International Viola Congress in Wellington, New Zealand, Rotterdam, Holland, the Jakarta Music Foundation, American Viola Society Festival at Oberlin, Taipei National University of the Arts, Cleveland Institute of Music, and on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. He has performed at music festivals including Prussia Cove, Prades, Recontres Musicales at Menuhin Academie, Altensteig, Cervantino, Niagara, Kneisel Hall, Music Academy of the West at Santa Barbara, Banff, Sion, Orford, Weathersfield, Bad-Leonfelden, and Bowdoin, among others.
Ungar holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music. In conjunction with his undergraduate studies, Ungar also received a double-minor in East Asian Studies and Mandarin from Case Western Reserve University.
Ungar’s principal teachers were Jeffrey Irvine, Lynne Ramsey, Carol Rodland, Donald McInnes, and studied in courses with Ruth Killius, Kim Kashkashian, and Thomas Riebl. A recipient of many prizes and scholarships, Ungar spent one year in Taiwan commissioning and premiering new works for viola and studying viola pedagogy as a Fulbright Scholar. A dedicated teacher, Ungar’s students have been accepted to prestigious institutions including The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, IMS Prussia Cove, the Perlman Music Program, Heifetz Institute, Bowdoin, and numerous others. Ungar teaches in the Senior and Junior programmes at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and is an Artist-Teacher and Lecturer at HKBU. He joins the faculty of the Heifetz International Music Institute in summer 2020.