Versatile and virtuosic violist Colin Brookes is a founding member of the Ulysses Quartet. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, his work as a chamber musician, soloist and teacher has taken him to cities across the United States, Asia, Europe, and South America.
Mr. Brookes has performed as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 and 2015 he performed in solo and chamber recitals in Cornish, New Hampshire for the Saint Gaudens Concert Series. Recent chamber engagements include performances with Ani Kavafian, Laurie Smuckler, Daniel Phillips, Tara O’Connor, Hagai Shaham, Colin Carr, Alan Kay and Ransom Wilson. As a freelance musician, Colin works in Broadway theaters, as well as with the ensembles A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, The Knights, Cantata Profana, Le Train Bleu and Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. He is a winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society, TuesdayMusical Club, and Music for Mount Lebanon Competition.
Colin holds a Bachelor of Music from the Juilliard School, along with a Master of Music, and Artist Diploma from Yale University where he received the Georgina Lucy Grosvenor Memorial Prize. Former teachers include Ettore Causa, Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, Jeffrey Irvine, Roger Chase, Marylene Gingras-Roy and Carolyn Hills. He currently plays on an Italian 19th century viola and bow generously on loan from the Maestro Foundation.