MADRONA VIOLA DUO
Michelle (Shelley) Mathewson is an active freelance violist in Portland, Oregon. Currently a member of the Portland Opera Orchestra where she served as acting principal viola from 2010-2012, she was also principal violist of the Oregon Ballet Theatre for more than two decades. She is a member of the Portland Chamber Orchestra, has played in the Oregon Symphony, plays principal violist with the Oregon Coast Music Festival Orchestra in Coos Bay, and is founder of the Delphinum String Quartet, which performs regularly at two McMenamin locations: John Barleycorn's in Tigard (every 2nd Sunday) and N.E. Broadway (last Wednesday of every month). Shelley holds bachelor and master degrees in viola performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and for many years served as principal violist with the Omaha Symphony.
Sharon Eng has held principal viola positions in many parts of the world, among them: Jakarta Chamber Orchestra, New York City Symphony, and the Polish Sinfonietta in Poznan, with whom she toured China on two occasions. For 14 years, Dr. Eng directed the Middle and High School strings programs at Jakarta International School, conducting her orchestras to rave reviews in Bangkok, Budapest, London, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore and Vienna. Sharon holds BMus and MMus degrees in viola performance from the Juilliard School, is an active chamber recitalist in the United States and abroad, teaches violin/viola at Multnomah Arts Center and plays with the Raphael Spiro Quartet (www.raphaelspirostringquartet.org). She has been on the faculty of the International Music Institute and Festival at Mount St. Mary's University at Emmitsburg, Maryland since 2002 (www.imif.us).