Violist Mary Ferrillo joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2019. She was previously an active freelancer, playing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony and the Rhode Island Philharmonic. She had been a regular substitute violist with both the BSO and the Boston Pops Orchestra for several years prior.
As a soloist she had the honor of giving the world premiere of Ulysses Kay’s Sonatine for Viola and Piano, which she performed alongside the Rebecca Clarke Viola Sonata for the 2020 Virtual Tanglewood BSO Musicians in Recital series. As a chamber musician she performs often in the Boston and Berkshire areas, actively combining contemporary and classical repertoire to create engaging and unique programs. In 2019 she formed the Chroma Players with colleagues Francesca McNeeley and Samantha Bennett. Other memorable performances included the University of Pennsylvania’s 2018 “Rochberg @ 100" centennial celebration, where she performed Rochberg’s 7th String Quartet with other Tanglewood colleagues alongside the Daedalus Quartet.
Ms. Ferrillo spent three summers from 2012-2014 as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, where she received the 2014 Maurice Schwartz Prize by Marion E. Dubbs. She returned to Tanglewood as a New Fromm Player in 2016 and 2017, premiering works by John Harbison, Joseph Phibbs, Kui Dong, and Mark Neikrug, among others. In previous summers she performed at the Spoleto Festival USA, Japan’s Pacific Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival.
Ms. Ferrillo earned her Bachelor’s of Music degree at the University of Maryland-College Park with Katherine Murdock. She received her Master of Music from the New England Conservatory, studying with Roger Tapping and Edward Gazouleas. She went on to work with Mr. Gazouleas at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music for one year. Other teachers and mentors have included Cathy Basrak, Robert Vernon, Michael Tree and Carol Rodland.