Charles Noble


Charles Noble joined the Oregon Symphony as Acting Principal/Assistant Principal violist in 1995. In 1993 he was first-prize winner of the Seattle Ladies Musical Club Competition. He received the 1995 C.D. Jackson Award by a vote of the faculty at the Tanglewood Music Center and the 1995 Israel Dorman String Prize at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Noble is also a founding member of the acclaimed Ethos Quartet.

His solo appearances include two performances of Mozart’s Sinfonie concertante, the West Coast premiere of Joseph Castaldo’s Viola Concerto, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 with OSO Principal violist Joël Belgique, and Bruch’s Romanze for Viola and Orchestra, all with the Oregon Symphony. Other solo appearances include the Cascade Festival of Music, Chico Symphony (Calif.), the Vermont Youth Orchestra, Tacoma Youth Symphony, Tacoma Young Artists Orchestra and the Portland Youth Philharmonic. 

As an author Noble has published two articles on audition preparation appearing the The Strad magazine, and his article profiling violist Roberto Díaz appeared in the January 2003 issue. He was one of three American violists invited to tour Japan with the Super World Orchestra, whose roster included members of the Vienna Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra. In December 2000, he was visiting master teacher at the University of Nevada at Reno. In 2002 he was a featured artist performer at the 2002 International Viola Congress in Seattle, Wash., where he and colleague Joël Belgique performed George Benjamin's Viola, viola

Noble was a member of the faculty at the 1998 National Youth Orchestra Festival at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and he is co-founder and a member of the faculty of the Max Aronoff Viola Institute in Seattle, Wash. 

During the 2002-2003 season, Noble formed The Four Violas with three colleagues from the Oregon Symphony viola section: Joël Belgique, Mara Lise Gearman and Brian Quincey.


June 17, 2016

5:00 PM

Recital: Bach D minor Concerto (Busoni version) and Liszt Malediction

June 18, 2016

11:30 AM

Recital: Arnaldo Cohen & Friends

Members of our “Festival String Quartet” perform short solos accompanied by Arnaldo Cohen. After a solo piece by Arnaldo, the group performs the first movement of the Brahms Piano Quintet, Op. 34. 

Charles Noble(viola)   Liszt: Romance Oubliée

Sarah Kwak (violin)   Sarasate: Introduction and Tarantelle

Nancy Ives (cello)   Chopin: Polonaise Brilliante

Alex Kerr (violin)   Brahms: Sonatensatz

Arnaldo Cohen (piano)  Strauss-Grünfeld: Soirée de Vienne, Op. 56 (Paraphrase on "Die Fledermaus")

Kerr/Kwak/Noble/Ives/Cohen   Brahms: Piano Quintet Op. 34 (1st movement)

June 19, 2016

8:00 PM

Recital: Chopin Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise, Chopin Concerto No. 1

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