Joseph Burke is a violist from South Brunswick, New Jersey; he began viola at the age of seven under the direction of Paul Manulik at the Princeton Strings Academy. In 2012, he started studies with Kerri Ryan, Assistant Principal Violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and he also began to play with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra as the Principal Violist for three years. While in Philadelphia, Joe began to study at the Settlement Music School in the Advanced Study String Quartet Program in the Gail W. Snitzer Quartet, under the direction of Sidney Curtiss, former Assistant Principal Violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. With the Snitzer Quartet, he won honorable mention in the Fischoff Chamber Competition and was also featured on the NPR radio show, From the Top. In 2015, Joe has studied with the CJ Chang, Principal Violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts. While attending Mason Gross, Joe won the Undergraduate Concerto Competition and the Chamber Competition twice. At Bard Conservatory, Joe studied with Steve Tenenbom and Marka Gustavsson where he won honorable mention in the 2016 and 2019 Conservatory Concerto Competition.
Joseph recently graduated from the Bard Conservatory of Music with Bachelor’s Degrees in French Studies and Viola Performance. Joe has been accepted into the top conservatories of the United States, such as the New England Conservatory, The Juilliard School, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and most recently, the Shepherd School of Music where he will be pursuing a Master’s Degree in Viola Performance. He has performed and collaborated with many renowned artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax, John Williams, and the Juilliard String Quartet. Performing all over the world, Joe regularly has performances as a chamber, orchestral, and solo musician; he has been featured as a performer throughout North America, Europe, and Asia including performances at Carnegie Hall as both an orchestral and chamber musician.