Violinist Dr. Jeffrey Howard has distinguished himself nationally and internationally as an “excellent virtuoso … (with) a deep understanding of different musical styles, and a remarkable power of communication.”
Born in New York, Dr. Howard has appeared as soloist with many orchestras including the Boston Virtuosi, and the Yonkers, Indiana University, Concord, UT Arlington, Hunt Valley, Towson University and WPI Symphony Orchestras. A frequent soloist and guest artist, he has performed at Jordan Hall in Boston, Federal Hall in New York, the Bastille Opera House in Paris, Khachaturian Hall in Montreal and at Syracuse University, the University of Texas at Arlington, the Longy School of Music, Oberlin College, the Hochschule fur Musik in Wurzburg, Germany and at the Orfeo International Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy.
Dr. Howard has appeared internationally in Canada, China and in Central and Western Europe, including the countries of Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary and Italy. A devoted performer of chamber music, he has performed at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Winter Institute for String Quartets and the Lydian String Quartet Seminar and studied with members of the Tokyo, Mendelssohn, Juilliard and Cleveland String Quartets. He has also performed as a substitute member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Metamorphosen Chamber Ensemble, Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and as Concertmaster for the Concord Orchestra and the Hunt Valley Symphony. He is a regular section sub for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, Music Director. He is also a frequent adjudicator for Solo, Ensemble, and Orchestral competitions in Maryland and surrounding states.
Dr. Howard received degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University where he completed the Doctorate of Music degree in Violin. His teachers included Stephen Clapp, Franco Gulli, Paul Biss and he was one of the last students of renowned pedagogue Josef Gingold. He has served on the faculties of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Univ. of Texas at Arlington, Bridgewater State College and Westfield State College and he performs regularly with his wife, pianist Anna Soukiassian, in the Kassian-Howard Duo.
Dr. Howard currently teaches at Towson University where he also coaches chamber music and performs regularly in the Baltimore Trio. He lives in the Baltimore area with his wife and their two daughters Michelle and Ani.