Erina Laraby-Goldwasser

Educated originally as a violinist, Erina Laraby-Goldwasser made her solo debut at the age of 16 with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Her primary teachers were Zvi Zeitlin and David Updegraff until, at age 22, she discovered a love for playing the viola. At the invitation of Robert Vernon, principal viola of the Cleveland Orchestra, she switched instruments, and since has collaborated regularly with some of the great soloists of our time, principal players from the Cleveland Orchestra, The Berlin Philharmonic, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh Symphonies as well as recent winners of the Tchaikovsky, Queen Elizabeth and Van Cliburn competitions. She has appeared as a soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony. 

After twice attending the Verbier Academy, she moved to Koln, Germany, for a year to play chamber music with fellow students from the festival, as well as serve as guest violist of the Amernet String Quartet. Returning to the United States in 2005, she won a position with the Detroit Symphony and one year later with the Pittsburgh Symphony. In December 2014, she was invited by Zubin Mehta to join the viola section of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, but chose to remain in Pittsburgh. She resides with her husband, Udi, and two children, Idan and Maya.