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Reid Harris

Principal Viola

Reid Harris
The Edus H. and Harriet H. Warren Chair


Principal Viola Reid Harris has been with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 1979 and holds the endowed Edus H. and Harriet H. Warren Chair.

Often heard as a soloist with the Orchestra, Mr. Harris has appeared in works by Berlioz, Walton, Hindemith, Strauss, Mozart, Bartók, Telemann, and Bach.

A founding member of the Georgian Chamber Players, Harris has performed with the ensemble at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall with Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa. That same season, he performed with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble in their Atlanta Symphony Hall performance.

Prior to his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra appointment, Harris served as Assistant Principal with the Baltimore Symphony from 1975 to 1979.

Harris is a graduate of The Cleveland Institute of Music, where his principal mentor was Abraham Skernick. He also studied with William Primrose and Joseph de Pasquale. While at the Music Academy of the West in 1970, he was chosen by Primrose to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award for a violist.

He has also performed for recording projects by REM and Stone Temple Pilots, and has participated in the Amelia Island, Steamboat Springs, Highlands, and Grand Teton music festivals.

Harris was the first member of the Atlanta Symphony to be appointed to the Orchestra’s Board of Directors.

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