Varinia Oyola Rebaza is a versatile violist and celebrated chamber musician from Lima Peru. Based in London, she has performed in prestigious venues around the world, such as Conway Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Auditorio de la Diputación (Spain), Auditorio Santa Ursula (Peru), St. James’s Piccadilly, and St. Margaret's Church at Westminster Abbey.
Her chamber music collaborations have gained her international recognition such as winning the First Prize and the Audience prize at the 2018 “Massimo Antonelli” International Chamber Music Competition in Italy as violist of the Alauda Quartet. She has also been featured on the front page of the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald for her work in non-traditional spaces with the ensemble Platform Music. In addition, she has performed with leading ensembles such as Orpheus Sinfonia and the London Chamber Orchestra.
Her affinity for exploring contemporary works has led her to collaborate with composer Andrew Norman, performing solo viola at Royal Academy of Music’s Duke’s Hall, as well as sharing the stage with renowned violist and composer Garth Knox.
Most recently, Varinia was honoured as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM), an accolade for selected alumni who have contributed significantly to their field.
She has participated in festivals such as Jeunesses Musicales International Chamber Music Campus in Germany, Great Mountains Music Festival in South Korea, Britten Pears Residency in Snape Maltings, and masterclasses with Yuri Bashmet at the Barenboim/Said Akademie in Berlin.
A graduate of Juilliard School under the coveted Jerome L Greene Fellowship, she served as teaching assistant of viola at the University of Iowa, and earned a Professional Diploma with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Her principal teachers are Garfield Jackson, Heidi Castleman, Steven Tenenbom, Christine Rutledge, and Garth Knox.
Varinia plays a viola by Bernard Fendt (England, 1840) generously on loan from the Royal Academy of Music Museum Collection.