Jeffrey Irvine


First 3 Week Session

Faculty, Cleveland Institute of Music

Jeffrey Irvine is the Fynette H. Kulas Professor of Viola at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In addition to teaching at Bowdoin, he is head of the string department at the Heifetz International Music Institute and has been teaching there since 1999. He was Professor of Viola at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music from 1983 to 1999 and was also chair of the string division there from 1992 to 1999.

His students have gone on to major orchestral, teaching and chamber music posts across the country and around the world. They have often been First Prize Winners in major viola competitions, including the Primrose Competition, the ASTA National Solo Competition, and the Washington International Competition. Mr. Irvine has given master classes at major music schools in the United States and in 1985 gave master classes in Beijing and Shanghai in the People’s Republic of China. In previous summers he was on the faculty of the Perlman Music Program, the Aspen Music Festival, the Encore School for Strings, Meadowmount, Killington Music Festival, and the Castleman Quartet Program. He was formerly a member of the New World String Quartet, with whom he toured the United States and Europe.

Mr. Irvine’s teachers have included Heidi Castleman, Dorothy DeLay, Martha Katz, William Primrose, and Karen Tuttle. He is married to violist Lynne Ramsey with whom he has two children, Hannah and Christopher. He plays a viola by Hiroshi Iizuka, made in 1993. He is also an avid runner.