Meredith Treaster joined the viola section of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in 2015. Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, she attended the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Massachusetts as well as the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. At age sixteen, she performed at Carnegie Hall with her quartet and renowned pianist Hae-Sun Paik. Since then, she has become equally devoted to her passions for chamber and contemporary music. She has given chamber concerts across the United States, recent highlights including the George Perle Centennial Celebration and the closing performance of Juilliard’s 2015 ChamberFest in Alice Tully Hall. An avid performer of new music, Meredith performed frequently as principal violist with AXIOM and the New Juilliard Ensemble. She has also premiered and recorded several new works in New York City and at the Aspen Music Festival. As a soloist with the New Juilliard Ensemble, Meredith was praised by the New York Times as “soulful yet refined” and “appropriately rough and folksy” for her New York premiere of Donald Crockett’s to airy thinness beat at the Museum of Modern Art, and as “excellent” for her performance of John Woolrich’s Envoi in Alice Tully Hall. She gave a repeat performance of Crockett’s work a year later with Musica Nova, the contemporary music ensemble at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Meredith spent two summers performing at the Tanglewood Music Center, and has attended the Aspen Music Festival eight times, where she served as principal and mentor for the Aspen Concert and Philharmonic orchestras, and as a Fellowship recipient in the Aspen Chamber Symphony. While living in New York City, she was the event coordinator for the Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Initiative, organizing symposiums at Juilliard as well as hospital outreach performances for the terminally ill, and also serving as principal viola of the Music and Medicine Orchestra.
Meredith has been the principal violist of numerous orchestras including the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, Juilliard Lab Orchestra, and New Juilliard Ensemble, also performing with A Far Cry, Montgomery Symphony, New World Symphony, Santa Fe Pro Musica, South Florida Symphony, and Tuscaloosa Symphony. She has performed regularly in venues including Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, and Jordan Hall. Meredith received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at Juilliard as a student of Misha Amory and Masao Kawasaki.