Viola Lessons by Witmer Studios


Matthew Witmer is the founder/viola player of the Witmer Studios.

Born in Ft. Lauderdale, and a Philadelphia native, Matthew graduated from the Boston Conservatory with a bachelor’s of music in viola performance, and began his master’s studies at the New England Conservatory. Matthew studied with Patricia McCarty and Ed Gazouleas of the Boston Symphony.

Relocated to Los Angeles in 2001, he has studied with Dale Hikawa Silverman, and currently studies wtih Jerry Epstein and Ray Tischer.

Matthew is a member of the Dakah Hip Hop Orchestra, which has been invited to the New Orleans Jazz Festival and Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. Other orchestras he has played with include:The Long Beach Symphony, the Wild Ginger Philharmonic, Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra, Desert Symphony, AYS and Debut Orchestras. Matthew  also attended the Henry Mancini Institute in 2005.

He has performed at such venues as: Boston Symphony Hall, NEC’s Jordan Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Zipper Hall, UCLA Royce and Schoenberg Halls, USC’s Bovard Auditorium, Skirball Cultural Center, Beverly Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas House of Blues, San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts, and California Plaza.

He has shared the stage with such names as Tony Danza, Harrison Ford, Isaac Stern, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, John Novacek, and singers from the LA Opera. He has also played with names from the rock, hip-hop and jazz worlds including: Holly Palmer, Lili Haydn, Guru, John Tesh, and Diane Schurr.

Matthew has worked with such distinguished conductors as John Williams, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Silverstein, Michael Tilson Thomas, James Newton Howard, Alan Silvestri, Alf Clausen, Kent Nagano, Doc Severinsen, Ronald Feldman, Joana Carneiro, and Frank Fetta. Matthew has also been featured in music videos and on film trailers.


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