Our Artists

Arturo Ziraldo, viola

American violist Arturo Ziraldo is an engaging performer who believes deeply in the power of art to change the world for the better. Mr. Ziraldo is an intensely passionate musician and sensitive chamber collaborator. He has performed across the U.S. and Europe as a soloist and was a semi-finalist at the Washington International Competition. He began his professional career in the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra at age 19 and has since performed with orchestras across North America, Europe and Asia including the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orquesta Filarmonica de Jalisco and the Mainzer Virtuosi, with whom he recorded the Four Seasons of Vivaldi and Piazzolla as Principal Violist.

 Mr. Ziraldo’s passion for chamber music led him to launch, direct and perform in the Heartside Harmony Chamber Music Society, a roster-based mixed chamber music ensemble dedicated to extreme artistry and social change. He has also performed at the Kent/Blossom, Spoleto USA, Casalmaggiore, Nançy and Deer Valley festivals.

Arturo Ziraldo is the Principal Violist in the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra and is currently the Acting Assistant Principal Violist in the Kalamazoo Symphony as well. In addition, Mr. Ziraldo is an accomplished teacher who maintains a private studio and enjoys giving master classes and clinics. He was also Professor of Viola in the Merit School of Music’s prestigious Tuition Free Conservatory in Chicago.

Mr. Ziraldo studied at the New England Conservatory, Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève, Roosevelt University CCPA and a Western Michigan University. He performs on a viola by Scott Tribby, “anno 2005 in Kalamazoo, MI and a bow by D. William Halsey, 2012.