Peruvian violist Varinia Oyola Rebaza is dedicated to sharing the power of music through the viola and can be seen on stage as a solo violist, chamber musician, and improviser. She has performed in venues such as St. John Smith Square and Conway Hall (London), Alice Tully Hall (New York), Auditorio Santa Ursula (Peru), and St. Margaret's Church at Westminster Abbey.
Varinia is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, which was awarded for her contributions to the music field, and won the 1st Prize and Audience Prize at the International Chamber Music Competition Massimo Antonelli (Italy) as former violist of the Alauda Quartet. Passionate about outreach, she has performed in prisons, nursing homes, and for earthquake survivors in Peru, organized through her alma mater The Juilliard School.
Currently, she is co-director of the ensemble Platform Music, winners of the Enterprise Award from the Royal Philharmonic Society, and she is the dedicatee of the new viola concerto by Peruvian Composer Rafael Junchaya. She performs around the UK with her duo partner pianist Ana Gogava, and in her home country she is a frequent recitalist with the Sociedad Filarmónica de Lima.
Varinia has taken part in festivals such as Jeunesses Musicales International Chamber Music Campus (Germany), Snape Maltings Britten-Pears Chamber Music Residency, Great Mountains Music Festival (South Korea), and the Barenboim-Said Akademie Masterclasses (Berlin). She has also 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.
An experienced educator, she currently teaches through the Music in Secondary School Trust in London and has taught viola and Chamber Music at the University of Iowa and served as Chamber Music Mentor at the Juilliard Pre-College.
Varinia 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 a Professional Diploma with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has performed in masterclasses for leading violists such as Yuri Bashmet, Nobuko Imai, Garth Knox, and Máté Szűcs. Her principal teachers are Heidi Castleman, Steven Tenenbom, Christine Rutledge, and Garfield Jackson.
Varinia currently lives in London with her husband and three cats and is grateful to the Royal Academy of Music Museum for the generous loan of the Bernard Fendt (1840) viola in their collection.