Colleen Sugata, Viola

Colleen Sugata, Viola

Violist Colleen Sugata is originally from Pennsylvania and moved to Southern California in 2008. She has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and is a member of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra and the New West Symphony.

Prior to moving to Southern California, Colleen performed regularly with the Pittsburgh Symphony for three full seasons. She has been on numerous tours with the Pittsburgh Symphony, including performances at Carnegie Hall in 2008 and 2009, and their extensive European tour in 2010 which resulted in the recording of the Brahms Symphonies.

Colleen received both her BM and MM degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a scholarship student of Professor Jeffrey Irvine and Lynne Ramsey. She has studied French and Chinese, and uses both languages in her musical travels. Colleen and her husband have a two-year old son and a rescue dog.