Ina Litera, violist, is an active freelance and chamber musician performing with the many ensembles including the Stamford Symphony, The American Symphony Orchestra, Musica Sacra, The School of American Ballet Orchestra, The Putnum Chorale, The Long Island Masterworks Orchestra and The Oratorio Society of Queens. She is violist of the trio Eight Strings and a Whistle, winner of the 2002 Artists International Special Presentation Award.
In 1998 Ina performed at the White House with saxophonist David Sanborn. Live radio performances include appearances on Around New York on WNYC, WBAI radio and Live at 11 on Maine Public Radio. She has performed and recorded with John Zorn, Butch Morris, Vikki Sue Robinson, Chris Rael, Galt MacDermott and with the bands Church of Betty and Modern English As a soloist, she has performed Hindemith’s Trauermusik and Dittersdorf’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Doansburg Ensemble, and Berlioz’s Harold in Italy with the Downtown Symphony.
In 2007, she premiered Douglas Anderson’s solo viola work “…mood, enough…” Ina holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Masters of Arts degree from The City College of New York/CUNY. Additionally, she studied the Suzuki Method at the School for Strings in New York. Pricinciple teachers include Joey Corpus, Burton Kaplan, Leonard Davis and Lillian Fuchs. Ina is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY and string department faculty at the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York City.
***SummerKeys faculty members, Suzanne Gilchrest, flute, Ina Litera, viola and Matthew Goeke, cello, who perform together as Eight Strings & a Whistle, have released their debut recording on Ravello Records. The album, Albert’s Window, named in honor of the wonderful Albert Roussel, includes his Trio Op. 40, the Aloysia Serenade, Op. 19 by Peter Jona Korn, and works composed for Eight Strings & a Whistle by Martin Rokeach, and Edmund Cionek. For more information, please visit Ravello Records: http://www.ravellorecords.com/catalog/rr7918/