Vali Phillips joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1997, served as principal second violin for his first 11 seasons, and in September 2008 joined the Orchestra’s first violin section. He made his solo debut with the Orchestra performing Bruch’s First Violin Concerto in 2001, and he has since performed Dvořák’s Romance, the Summer concerto from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and, in 2007, Bach’s Double Violin Concerto with First Associate Concertmaster Sarah Kwak. During Sommerfest 2004 he played Shostakovich’s Trio in E minor with André Watts.
Before coming to Minnesota, Vali served as concertmaster of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra and associate concertmaster of both the Erie Philharmonic and the Charleston Symphony. He has appeared as soloist with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as in recital at Carnegie Hall. He spent two summers at the Tanglewood Festival and has performed at the Grand Teton Music Festival. Vali will join the first violin section of the Oregon Symphony in the fall, with his wife Sarah Kwak.