Named the William Primrose Memorial Recitalist, in 2016, violist Sheila Browne has performed in major halls on six continentsat Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Concertgebouw, Royal Festival Hall, Teatro Colon, Musikverein and has recorded for the Sony, Nonesuch, Bridge, MSR, Centaur, and Albany labels. An enthusiastic proponent of new music, she premiered a concerto written for her by Kenneth Jacobs at the international viola congresses in Australia and South Africa, and recorded it with the Kiev Philharmonic. She has performed solo and chamber works of contemporary composers including William Bolcom, Krzysztof Penderecki, Joan Tower, and Gabriella Lena Frank. She was a member of Fire Pink Trio and the Arianna, Gotham, and Pellegrini string quartets. She has performed with Shmuel Ashkenazy, Colin Carr, Aretha Franklin, Miriam Fried, Matt Haimowitz, Gilbert Kalish, Paul Katz, David Krakauer, Anton Kuerti, Ruth Laredo, Joseph Robinson, Arnold Steinhardt, Richard Tolzman, Diaz Trio, and members of the Guarneri, Vermeer, Brentano, Audubon, and Calidore quartets, and has recorded with Fire Pink Trio, Audra MacDonald, Natalie Cole, and Lisa Loeb. She has taught at the University of St Louis- Missouri, and Duke, New York, and Tennessee universities. She is currently Resident Faculty at Tianjin Juilliard School, after serving as Associate Professor of Viola at University of Delaware and University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she taught for a decade.
Browne has given master classes at Seoul National, Tianjin Conservatory, Luebeck Musik Hochschule, Leopold Mozart Academy, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, and Rice University. She was the first viola professor to teach in Iraqi Kurdistan for the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq’s inaugural year. Having served on the executive board of the American Viola Society, she is director of the annual international Karen Tuttle Viola Workshop. She has taught and performed at NYU’s Karen Tuttle workshops, Banff, Music Academy of the West, Jeunesses Musicales, Tanglewood, and California Summer Music. She was elected to the Executive Board of the American Viola Society, and has been invited to perform at Viola Society congresses at Eastman, Colburn, Oberlin, South Africa, and in Australia.
Browne has a BM from Juilliard, and served as Karen Tuttle's teaching assistant for four years. She had a DAAD scholarship to study in an Aufbaustudium with soloist Kim Kashkashian, and was Karen Ritscher’s teaching assistant at Rice University while earning a master’s in Paul Katz’s String Quartet program. She is from Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. Browne plays a Marten Cornelissen viola and a bow made by McArthur Genius Grant recipient Benoit Rolland.