Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, violist Sheldon Person has been a member of the Houston Symphony since 2011. He was previously a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. As a fellow of the Aspen Music Festival and School, Person has served as the Assistant Principal Viola of the Aspen Festival Orchestra and Chamber Symphony. He has also appeared as soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
As first prize winner of the 2005 Royal Overseas League’s Bernard Shore Viola Competition in London, Person performed recitals in London, including an appearance at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. As a member of the Artea String Quartet, he performed throughout the U.K., including appearances at Wigmore Hall, the South Bank Centre, the Brighton Festival, Buckingham Palace, and live on BBC Radio 3. Since moving to Houston, Person has performed chamber music for KUHA Houston Public Radio, Texas Music Festival, and Interplay: Musicians of the Houston Symphony, and has appeared at Rice University, University of Houston, and Michigan State University.
Person has served as an instructor for the Texas Music Festival, Indiana All-State Orchestra, and Filarmonica Joven de Colombia. He has performed with the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra and has served as an artist-faculty member at the Sewanee Music Festival.
He holds degrees and certificates from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London), Indiana University, Rice University, and the University of Alberta. His principal teachers have included Atar Arad, David Takeno and Karen Ritscher.
Person performs on a modern viola by Theodore Skreko that won the Silver Medal for Tone at the 2010 Violin Society of America Competition.