Danielle Wiebe Burke
Originally from Calgary, Canada, violist Danielle Wiebe Burke began her musical studies on piano and violin at an early age. At fifteen, she found her voice in the viola, performing her solo debut with the Calgary Civic Symphony only one year later. A Sphinx competition alumni, she was awarded third place and performed with the Sphinx symphony in the Senior competition in 2010. Since then, she has performed in venues across Canada, Poland, and the United States. Danielle holds a Bachelor in Music from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Kim Kashkashian; and a Masters in Music from Yale University, where she studied with Ettore Causa. Danielle is a Doctoral candidate at Yale University, and is completing the dissertation component of the degree with plans to graduate in May of 2021.
Danielle has attended numerous music festivals, including but not limited to Yellowbarn Music Festival, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Sarasota Music Festival, and principal viola at the Tanglewood Music Center and Music Academy of the West. An avid chamber musician, Danielle is a member of the Second Movement Ensemble and the Viviere Chamber Players. She has played with and worked closely alongside members of the Brentano, Borromeo, and Takacs quartets, and has performed with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax, and Gil Shaham. In 2019 Danielle was featured as a guest artist at ChamberFest Dubuque, at which she premiered works by composers Michael Gilbertson and Tracy Rush. She performs regularly in prominent venues in D.C. and across Virginia and the East Coast.
A strong advocate for music education, Danielle founded the Stringendo ensemble, a string orchestra for high schoolers in the area, while working with the Music in Schools Initiative in New Haven, CT. Under her direction, the ensemble performed in Morse Recital Hall at Yale University, and at several pedagogy conferences in New Haven. Danielle also coached several ensembles at the Ithaca College Summer Music Festival in Ithaca, NY in 2017. Following her move to Charlottesville she co-founded the Violin program at the James River Boys & Girls Club in Scottsville, VA, whose Summer Camp was awarded Program of the Year in 2019.
Danielle can be heard on composer Ethan Braun's 2020 release Read Me (figureight records), as well as on Statements (Naxos), a 2018 release featuring works by Hannah Lash, David Lang, and Ted Hearne. Her solo debut album, Bach for Viola, was released 8-15-2020 and consists of the first three suites for unaccompanied cello, transcribed for viola.
In January of 2018, Danielle won the principal viola position at the Williamsburg Symphony. Danielle plays on a 2009 Stefan-Peter Greiner viola made for violinist Kyung-Wha Chung.