Varinia Oyola-Rebaza is a versatile violist and celebrated chamber musician. She has performed across England, Europe, North and South America, in renowned venues such as Conway, Alice Tully Hall, Auditorio de la Diputacion (Spain), and St. Margaret’s church at Westminster Abbey.
In recent seasons, Varinia returned to the prestigious Santa Ursula Auditorio to close the Peruvian Musicians Recital Cycle at the invitation of Sociedad Filarmónica de Lima, toured Southern California with pianist Hui Wu, and appeared in recitals across England and in London venues including St. James’s Church Sussex Gardens, and St. Mary le Bow.
An avid promoter of contemporary music, she has collaborated and performed alongside Garth Knox, worked closely with composer Andrew Norman and has premiered several chamber music works. Currently she has commissioned and is the dedicatee of several solo viola works by English and Peruvian composers to be premiered in the upcoming seasons.
As a chamber musician, Varinia won the First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2018 Massimo Antonelli International Chamber Music Competition in Italy as violist of the Alauda String Quartet with whom she performed across Europe and the UK. Most recently she was honoured as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, an accolade reserved for alumni who have contributed significantly to their field.
Varinia has been invited to prestigious festivals such as Barenboim-Said Akademie masterclasses in Berlin, Jeunesse Musicales International Chamber Music Campus in Germany, Yellow Barn Young Artists Program (USA), The Quartet Program, (USA) Orford Arts Center (Canada), Oberstdorf MusikSommer (Germany), Great Mountains Music Festival, South Korea and Snape Maltings. She also performed in masterclasses for eminent violists Nobuko Imai and Yuri Bashmet.
Born in Lima, Peru, Varinia started playing the viola when she was 9 years old at the National Conservatory. She was awarded the Jerome L. Greene Fellowship (full-scholarship) to the Juilliard School graduating with a Bachelor of Music. She continued as a fellow and teaching assistant of viola at the University of Iowa as Master of Arts and received a Professional Diploma with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Her principal teachers are Heidi Castleman, Steven Tenenbom,Christine Rutlege, David Holland and Garfield Jackson.
She plays a viola by Bernard Fendt (England, 1840) generously on loan from the Royal Academy of Music Museum Collection.