Viola

Ana Tsinadze
Principal

Ana Tsinadze was born in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia and began her music studies on the violin at the age of six.After completing an intense 7 year program at the State Music School, Ana was admitted to the Zakharia Paliashvili Special Music School for exceptionally gifted children.She continued her studies with renowned Soviet musicians and pedagogues including professors Alexander Begalishvili and Boris Chiaureli. Prior to graduating from the school with a gold medal in 1987, Ana won the Tbilisi Solo Instrumental Competition.After entering the Tbilisi State Conservatory, Miss Tsinadze had continued her viola studies with the celebrated Soviet Georgian pedagogue, professor Shota Shanidze.During the conservatory years (1987-1993) Ana won another competition and performed with the State Symphony Orchestra.In 1989, Miss Tsinadze was honored with the assistant principal positions with the State Symphony Orchestra and the Tbilisi Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, both of which have toured extensively throughout the world.In 1994, Ana received a full teaching position at the Tbilisi State Conservatory.Due to the extremely difficult economic situation in the Republic of Georgia, Ana left her native country a year later for the United States to join the Rowan Honors String Quartet at Rowan University in New Jersey.Her American education includes a Masters of Music degree from Louisiana State University, where she studied with Dr. Jerzy Kosmala.Currently, Ana is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Temple University and is the Principal Violist for the Bay-Atlantic Symphony.


Renee Steffy-Warnick
Assistant

Violist Renee Warnick is an active orchestral, chamber, and recording musician in the greater Philadelphia region. She is Assistant Principal Viola of both the Bay-Atlantic Symphony and the Lancaster Symphony and has toured nationally and internationally as a member of the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. She performs frequently with such groups as Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Delaware Symphony, Kennett Symphony, Opera Philadelphia, Ocean City Pops, Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, Reading Symphony, and the Endless Mountain Music Festival. Ms. Warnick has played in the pit orchestra for Broadway at the Kimmel Center and Arden Theater productions and was featured as an on-stage musician for the 2012 American premier of Love Story, the Musical at the Walnut Street Theater. She has recorded numerous commercial string tracks at Milk Boy, Minor Street, and Morningstar Studios and with the Dark Horse Orchestra, including tracks for the 2014 Michael Jackson album Xscape.

Ms. Warnick holds Bachelor and Masters of Music degrees from Temple University, where she studied with Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Violist Chong-Jin Chang. Ms. Warnick is a member of the music faculty at Germantown Friends School and has previously been on the string faculties of Temple Music Prep and Settlement Music School. She currently maintains a private teaching studio in Chestnut Hill, where she resides with her husband and two children. Other interests include yoga, cooking, traveling, knitting, and learning to play the accordion.


Adelya Shagidullina

A prizewinning violist, Adelya’s numerous awards include First Prizes at the Andrey Korsakov International Music Competition, Eugen Coca International Music Competition, All Russian International competition, and a First Prize and special prize for the best performance of a commissioned work at the International J.S. Bach Competition. Named Fellow of the Art Ministry of Russia and Russian Performing Art Foundation (2003-2006), Adelya has performed in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, her native Kazan, and throughout other large cities in Russia. Selected as a principal violist of numerous youth international orchestras under direction of prominent conductors, Adelya has been working professionally in the Kazan State Chamber Orchestra “La Primavera” and the Kazan State Symphony Orchestra. Adelya was selected to join iPalpiti for its east coast residency in 2009, and has since performed as an orchestra member and soloist in concerts throughout America, including the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Carnegie Hall in New York, and Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

A graduate of the Kazan State Conservatoire, she has been studying in the United States since 2009 in the international studio of Professor Eduard Schmieder of Temple University’s Boyer College of Music, where she received an Artist Diploma, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees. In 2014, Adelya received her DMA from Temple University where she worked with Professor Daniel Avshalomov, violist of the eminent American String Quartet.