Sally Chisholm, violist of the Pro Arte Quartet and Professor of Viola at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, has had an extensive career in chamber music. As a founding member of the Thouvenel Quartet of Texas, Ms. Chisholm toured Europe, China and Tibet. Internationally known for its commissioning of great American composers, including Elliott Carter, Milton Babbitt, Ernst Krenek and Mel Powell, the Thouvenel won first prize at the Weiner International Chamber Music Competition, was a finalist of New York’s Naumburg Competition, and performed on NBC’s TODAY Show.
Since joining the Pro Arte in 1991, Ms. Chisholm has performed at the Warsaw Conservatory in Poland, was a juror at the Tadeusz Wronski Solo Violin Competition in Warsaw, performed at the XXIII International Viola Congress, and has been featured on five CDs, including Piano Quartets by Beethoven, Fauré, Mahler, Schumann, and Strauss, the Trauermusik for Viola and Orchestra by Hindemith, and the Beethoven Serenade for Flute, Violin and Viola. She performs annually in the Festival Der Zukunft in Ernen, Switzerland and is a founding member of the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, whose collaborating artists include members of the Juilliard String Quartet and musicians from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
In 1997, Ms. Chisholm gave two master classes at the San Francisco Conservatory and performed for the Louis Krasner Memorial Concert at Jordan Hall in Boston with artists Felix Galimir, Young-Nam Kim, Samuel Rhodes, Joel Krosnick, and Gilbert Kalish. She gave the world premiere of the Andrew Imbrie Piano Quartet in March, 1998 with Bonnie Hampton, Nathan Schwarz and Young-Nam Kim.