Aurélien Fort Pederzoli, viola

French-born violist Aurelién Fort Pederzoli has quickly risen to be known as one of Chicago’s most creative and sought-after collaborators.

Aurelién is a graduate of the Paris Conservatory, where he studied with world-renowned teacher Jean Lenert. He then attended the Bern Hochschule, Switzerland, where he was in the master class of Professor Monika Urbaniak and received guidance from Professor Igor Ozim. His primary teacher was Veda Reynolds, professor at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

In 2008, Aurelién founded the Anaphora Ensemble, a chamber music ensemble, which appeared frequently on national radio and performed in eclectic places, from the Green Mill to Symphony Hall. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Pederzoli was first violinist of the Corky Siegel Chamber Blues band and toured nationally and internationally with them. Other collaborations include Rachel kolly, Christian Chamorel, Daniel Baremboim, Kent Nagano, the Ysaye quartet, H.J Lim, members of Eighth Blackbird, Shmuel Ashkenasi, the Lincoln Trio, and Mathieu Dufour, to name a few.

From 2009 until 2014, Aurelién was one of the violinists and founding member of the Grammy-nominated Spektral Quartet, ensemble-in-residence at the University of Chicago. In 2015, Mr. Pederzoli founded (alongside Desirée Ruhstrat and David Cunliffe) the Black Oak Ensemble, a string trio at its core, and has been performing with them ever since. 2018 marks the release of their debut album Silenced Voices on the Cedille Label.

From 2017/2019, Mr. Pederzoli was a first call substitute of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Aurelién is one of the founders of the music festival Musique Dans Le Gers, based in the southwest of France.