A graduate of the Juilliard School and Indiana University, violist Craig Bate has appeared as soloist throughout the United States, including a concerto performance in Bloomington, IN, as the winner of Indiana University’s concerto competition. He was also the Grand Prize Winner at the Gee Viola Competition in Aspen, Colorado. While a student at Juilliard, he was invited to tour Europe and the United States with the Juilliard Orchestra. He was also selected to perform on a nation-wide PBS broadcast for Juilliard’s centennial anniversary. Before moving to California, Mr. Bate was a member of the Eykamp String Quartet in residence at the University of Evansville. He has served as Principal Violist of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Kentucky and Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra. At age 17, he became the youngest member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, where he was offered tenure two years later.