Candy Amato enjoys a versatile career as a chamber musician, recitalist, and orchestral player.  Originally from North Potomac, Maryland, she now lives in Tucson, Arizona, where she is a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. She is also the Artistic Director of the Tucson Chapter of “If Music Be the Food,” a national chamber music series started by her teacher, Carol Rodland, in Rochester, NY. She has performed at many orchestra and chamber music festivals, including the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme, the Aspen Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, the Manchester Music Festival, the Castleton Opera Festival, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. 

Candy received her Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music with Carol Rodland. She went on to receive her Master of Music from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where she was a full scholarship student of Vicky Chiang and Li-Kuo Chang. She has received additional instruction from John Graham, Robert Vernon, Miles Hoffman, and members of the Takács, Ying, Pacifica, and Orion quartets. She plays on a viola made by Georges Chanot I in 1878.