About Us: Meet the Musicians
The J. Sidney Kirk Chair
Violist Amy Mason joined the North Carolina Symphony in 2012. She is a graduate of Rice University's Shepherd School of Music receiving a master's degree in music. While at Rice, Mason studied with former Cleveland Quartet violist, James Dunham. Before winning a position with the North Carolina Symphony, she performed with numerous ensembles including the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Dearborn Symphony, the Victoria Symphony and the New World Symphony.
She spent her past two summers as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center working with conductors such as Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Christoph Eschenbach, Jaap van Zweden, Herbert Blomstedt and Michael Tilson Thomas to name a few. While at Tanglewood, Mason received chamber music coaching with members of the Concord and Juilliard quartets, as well working extensively with world renowned violinist Pamela Frank, and her father Claude Frank. Previously, she has participated as a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Heifeitz International Music Festival, and New York Strings Orchestral Seminar.
A native of Dearborn, Mich., she received her bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Yizhak Schotten, former principal violist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Although she enjoys orchestral playing, she is also an avid chamber musician and has always been very active in music outreach. She served as the Viola Mentor for the Detroit Symphony Civic Youth Ensemble, a chamber music coach for the Shepherd School of Music Preparatory Program and has maintained a private studio of thirty students.
She lives in Raleigh with her husband, Alex Fioto and her cat, Kumba Fioto-Mason.