Violist Candice Amato has a versatile career as a chamber musician, recitalist, orchestral player, and teacher. 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 concert series that raises support for people facing food insecurity in communities around the country. If Music Be the Food also aims to teach music students the importance of community service through art by involving them in the organization and performance of these concerts. In addition to performing, Candice has also established herself as a sought-after teacher in Tucson, where she maintains a private studio of violin and viola students. Previously, she served as a visiting professor of viola at the University of Arizona.
Candice has performed at many orchestra and chamber music festivals in the US and abroad, including the Britten-Pears Programme, the Aspen Music Festival, the Aldeburgh Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, the Manchester Music Festival, the Castleton Opera Festival, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. She also enjoys exploring music of the past and the present: she has collaborated with Nogales Barocco, a group dedicated to performing baroque music on historical instruments, and has also performed with several ensembles devoted to the creation and performance of music written by living composers. She can be heard performing with OSSIA New Music on a recording of works by composer Michael Tenzer entitled "Let Others Name You," released by New World Records.
Candice received her Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Carol Rodland. She went on to study with Victoria Chiang and Li-Kuo Chang for her Master of Music at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where she was awarded a merit-based full scholarship. She has also studied chamber music with the Takács, Ying, Juilliard, and Pacifica quartets. Candice plays on a viola made by Georges Chanot I in 1878.