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Alice Risov

Alice Risov

Originally from Detroit, MI, Violist Alice Risov began her musical education on the piano and violin but fell in love with the beautiful sound of the viola during her high school years. In the past, she has served as Section Viola in the Flint Symphony Orchestra and as Assistant and Acting Principal Viola of the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra. She joined the viola section of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in 2021.

Alice has been a part of multiple festivals and programs, including the Montecito International Music Festival, New York String Orchestra Seminar, and National Orchestral Institute + Festival under the baton of renowned conductor Marin Alsop. She also has performed on multiple prestigious stages, including Orchestra Hall in Detroit and Carnegie Hall.

Alice graduated in 2020 with both a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from the University of Michigan. Despite heavily considering going into research, she eventually decided to continue pursuing her musical talents as a career. Alice completed one year of her master’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music before winning her position with the Columbus Symphony. Her primary teachers were Yitzhak Schotten and Lynne Ramsey.

Away from the viola, Alice can be found curled up with a good book and a mug of her favorite jasmine tea.