Peruvian violist Varinia Oyola-Rebaza is a versatile and celebrated recitalist and chamber musician. Based in London since 2017, she has performed in those roles 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, to name a few.
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 with acclaimed Hungarian pianist, Mihály Berecz.
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. In addition, she is the violist of Platform Music, an ensemble featured on numerous articles including the front page of the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald for their pop-up concerts in Cumbria, England.
As former violist of the Alauda Quartet, Varinia won the First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2018 Massimo Antonelli International Chamber Music Competition in Italy and toured multiple European countries.
Most recently she was honoured as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM), an accolade reserved for alumni who have contributed significantly to their field.
Varinia has participated in prestigious festivals such as Jeunesse Musicales International Chamber Music Campus, Barenboim-Said Akademie masterclasses (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 Yuri Bashmet, Garth Knox, Maxim Rysanov and Nobuko Imai.
Born in Lima, Peru, Varinia started playing the viola when she was 9 years old at the National Conservatory. She graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy as a full scholarship student and 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, David Holland, Christine Rutledge, and Garfield Jackson.
She plays a viola by Bernard Fendt (England, 1840) generously on loan from the Royal Academy of Music Museum Collection.