Violinist Noah Geller was appointed to the position of concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra by Music Director Emeritus Ludovic Morlot in September 2018. Geller comes to Seattle from the Kansas City Symphony, where he was concertmaster under Michael Stern since 2012. He has appeared frequently as soloist with the Kansas City Symphony, and he made his solo recording debut on their recent release with Reference Recordings featuring music by Saint-Säens.
Geller began his professional career in the first violin section of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2007 while still pursuing his master’s degree. He served as acting assistant concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Geller also has performed as guest concertmaster with the Symphony Orchestras of Pittsburgh, Houston, and Beijing (China National Symphony). In addition to his large scale orchestral activities, Geller appears regularly with the dynamic and spirited conductor-less group, East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO).
An active chamber musician, Geller has performed at the Marlboro, Kingston, Saratoga, Heartland and Skaneateles festivals, and he has appeared on the Lyon and Healy (Chicago), Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Lyric Chamber Music Society (New York) series, among others. He is an original member of Shir Ami, an ensemble dedicated to the music of composers whose lives were adversely affected by the Holocaust. Geller has organized and presented concerts by Shir Ami for the Kansas City community, garnering remarkable support and enthusiasm.
Geller grew up in the Chicago area, studying privately with Jennifer Cappelli. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School where he studied with Hyo Kang, Donald Weilerstein and Cho-Liang Lin. Geller currently lives in Seattle with his wife, percussionist Mari Yoshinaga, and their dog, Monkey. He performs on a violin made by Andreas Postacchini c. 1840.