Violist / violinist Margrét Hjaltested enjoys a diverse career as a performer and teacher. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, she is currently based in New York City.As a dedicated teacher of amateur musicians, Margrét maintains a private violin/viola studio for adults in Queens, New York. She welcomes beginners as well as seasoned players. She is a popular chamber music workshop coordinator and string coach in the Tri-State Region and New England. She is currently on the faculty of Queens College and SummerKeys in Lubec, Maine.
She has played with many orchestras, including the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra and the Albany Symphony. As a baroque violist Margrét has performed with The American Classical Orchestra and Concert Royal.
Margrét has been a recitalist and chamber musician in concerts at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, and the Tenri Gallery. She is a member of the chamber group Tríó Fókus and the early music ensemble, the Queens Consort.
She has toured internationally with the New York Symphonic Ensemble on its annual tour of the Far East, the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti´s International Farewell Tour, and the Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk.
She received a Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School and a Master of Music from Mannes College of Music. Her principal teachers were Karen Tuttle, Karen Ritscher, Joey Corpus, and for historical performance, Nancy Wilson.