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Arnaud Ghillebaert

Instructor of Viola
Phone: 541-346-2855
Office:  266 Frohnmayer Music Building
Research Interests: Strings, Music Performance, Viola

Originally from Paris, Arnaud Ghillebaert has performed as an orchestra musician with The Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields (Sir Neville Mariner) and the London Symphony Orchestra. He toured Europe for two summers with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under the baton of Sir Colin Davis and Herbert Blomstedt in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall in London or the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He has played with the Artosphere Festival Orchestra (Corrado Rovaris, musical director) for many years and is a former member of the New Haven Symphony. He performed with the Southbank Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra in England for one year and appeared in London’s National Theatre production of Tom Stoppard’s and Andre Previn’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favour. A founding member of the Elsewhere Ensemble, in 2013 he created the role of the Shadow in His Majesty the Devil-a play with music. The show, inspired by Dostoyevsky, was performed at 59E59 Theaters in New York City, FringeNYC, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, and more recently in a concert version at the UO School of Music and Dance. The Elsewhere Ensemble is currently working on a new piece called Invocation by composer Colin Pip Dixon, based on the themes of violence and peace. The piece features Grammy award-winning baritone Kenneth Overton as well as UO soprano Camille Ortiz. Excerpts of Invocation have been workshopped recently at the UO SOMD; the whole work will be premiered in the Winter of 2023. A dedicated chamber musician, he has collaborated with artists such as pianist Anton Nel, pianist Kelly Kuo, violinist Anthea Kreston. He was invited to perform at the Louis Moreau Institute in New Orleans and in the “Starry Nights” music series at the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University alongside Colin Carr, Eugene Drucker (Emerson String Quartet) and Nick Cords (Silkroad Ensemble, Brooklyn Rider). He received his Masters from the Royal College of Music in London and completed his Doctorate in Violin and Viola performance at Stony Brook University in 2016. He has been the viola instructor at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance (Eugene, OR) since Fall 2017. Since arriving in Oregon he has performed in the Oregon Bach Festival, is the principal violist of the Eugene Symphony, Oregon Mozart Players and Eugene Opera and has been playing concerts with Chamber Music Amici and microphilharmonic.