Cassandra Lynne Richburg has garnered an excellent reputation as a soloist, recording artist, chamber and orchestral musician. Celebrated for her “strong melodic profile and dispatching (of) rapid-fire solo passages with striking aplomb” (San Francisco Chronicle), she has been a member of the San Francisco-based New Century Chamber Orchestra since its inception in 1992 and has performed with them as a soloist.
Ms. Richburg came to international attention as First Prize winner of the 10th Primrose International Viola Competition and special prizewinner of the Lionel Tertis International Competition. She has appeared as soloist with the Lansing Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Savannah Symphony, Sacramento Symphony, and The Academy Orchestra. Music festival appearances include Buzzard’s Bay MusicFest, La Jolla, SunFlower MusicFest , Mountain Team Concepts, Colorado Music Festival, SunFlower Music Festival, Music at Bear Valley, and the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland.
As an orchestral musician Ms. Richburg has held the positions of principal violist with the Sacramento Symphony, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and the Sacramento Chamber Orchestra. She is currently principal violist of the Symphony Napa Valley and a member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Richburg has been invited to tour internationally with the viola sections of the New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony.
A prolific recording artist, Ms. Richburg has performed on more than 300 motion picture soundtracks, including Steel Magnolias, A Beautiful Mind, Monster’s Inc., Indiana Jones, Princess and the Frog, Avatar, and Frozen. Ms. Richburg has also appeared with The Academy and Emmy Awards Orchestras, Soul Train, the NAACP Image Awards and Dancing with the Stars.
Ms. Richburg was introduced to the viola at the age of ten through the Michigan Public Schools music program and received formative training with Lyman Bodman. As a Presidential Scholar in the Arts she was selected and featured for the McGraw-Hill Young Artists’ Showcase Competition for radio station WQXR-FM and performed on television station WKAR for the Michigan State University Young Artists Recital Series. She received a Bachelor and Master’s degree from the University of Southern California, where she worked with Donald McInnes and Alan DeVeritch. Ms. Richburg currently resides in northern California where, in addition to her performing schedule, she enjoys an active teaching career.