Gerry Varona


Gerry was born in the Philippines, where in his childhood he began his music studies with the ukulele, piano and violin. He dedicated himself to the Viola at the age of fourteen. Still in the Philippines, Gerry studied Philosophy and later, in 2005, he went to the United States in order to major in Viola. He studied with great violists, like Jerzy Kosmala, Atar Arad and Matthew Daline.


The violist won first place in the National Music Competition – in the Philippines -, the Louisiana Viola Society Competition, the Louisiana State University Concerto Competition and the Indiana University Concerto Competition; the last three in the United States. During his master’s degree course at Indiana University, he won the prestigious Barbara and David Jacobs scholarship. Gerry has performed as soloist with several orchestras, including the IU Chamber, the LSU Symphony, the Musicoop and the Peace Philharmonic Philippines.


Gerry served as Principal Viola of the IU Philharmonic and as Assistant of the Evansville Philharmonic, Baton Rouge Symphony, Acadiana Symphony and Owensboro Symphony. A chamber music enthusiast, he has played with the Duo Parnas and performed to Joel Smirnoff from the Juilliard Quartet. Gerry has also premiered pieces by various composers, all written especially for him.

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