About this Artist
Violinist CAMILLE AVELLANO joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1981 and plays in the first violin section. She comes from a musical family; her father was principal bass of the Chicago Symphony for 49 years, and her mother played cello for many touring Broadway and ballet companies, as well as establishing a violin shop in Chicago. Avellano made her debut as soloist with the Chicago Symphony at age 13. She received her bachelor’s degree cum laude from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, as a scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay. She was concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and has played with the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago, and the Rochester Philharmonic. An avid chamber musician, Avellano has been a frequent performer on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s chamber music series, in which she has collaborated with such musical luminaries as André Previn, Isaac Stern, Bernard Greenhouse, and Lars Vogt. She has also been actively involved with the LA Phil New Music Group since its inception, performing many critically acclaimed premieres by celebrated composers such as Pierre Boulez, Peter Lieberson, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and John Adams. Following the 1992 Salzburg Festival, she was a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic contingent that performed and served as faculty at the Festival Bahnhof Rolandseck in Bonn, Germany. From 1994 to 1997, she was a professor of violin and chamber music at UCLA. More recently, Avellano appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, playing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 at Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2006 and two concertos for four violins at the Hollywood Bowl in 2007. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and hiking. She is whittling away at her list of mountainous destinations, having trekked to Machu Picchu as well as in the Mt. Everest region of the Himalayas.