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Biography

Varinia Oyola Rebaza is a celebrated violist and chamber musician born in Lima, Peru.

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, and The Juilliard School, she has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician in prestigious venues around the world such as St. John’s Smith Square, Conway Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Auditorio de la Diputación (Spain), Auditorio Santa Ursula (Peru), Schloss Weikersheim (Germany) and St. Margaret's Church at Westminster Abbey. Varinia has been honoured as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) for her contributions to the music field and has received international recognition for her chamber music collaborations, such as the First Prize and Audience Prize at the 2018 International Chamber Music Competition “Massimo Antonelli” in Italy, and the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Enterprise Fund with her ensemble Platform Music.

As an avid recitalist, Varinia performs across the UK and beyond, and was invited by the Philharmonic Society of Lima to close the recital cycle “Encuentro de Músicos Peruanos”, at the renowned Auditorio Santa Ursula in Lima. Her festival performances include Barenboim-Said Akademie masterclasses with Yuri Bashmet (Berlin), Jeunesses Musicales International Chamber Music Campus, Schloss Akademie, Orford Academy in Canada, the Quartet Program USA, and Great Mountains Music Festival in South Korea. She has collaborated with prominent musicians and composers such as Garth Knox, Andrew Norman, and members of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, London Mozart Players, and the Detroit and Philadelphia Symphony Orchestras. 

Varinia started to play the viola at age 9 at the National Conservatory of Peru. She went on to study at the Junior department at the Turku Konservatorio in Finland and graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy. She holds a Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School as a full scholarship student, a Master of Arts at the University of Iowa where she served as teaching assistant of viola, and earned a Professional Diploma with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in London. Her principal teachers are Heidi Castleman, Steven Tenenbom, Christine Rutledge, David Holland, and Garfield Jackson.

She plays on a viola by Bernard Fendt (c.1840) generously on loan from the Royal Academy of Music Museum Collection.