Violinist Jeffrey Howard has distinguished himself nationally and internationally as an "excellent virtuoso... [with] a deep understanding of different musical styles, and a remarkable power of communication."
Born in New York, Howard has appeared as soloist with many orchestras including the Boston Virtuosi, and the Yonkers, Indiana University, Concord, UT Arlington, Towson and WPI Symphony Orchestras. A frequent soloist and guest artist, he has performed at Jordan Hall in Boston, Federal Hall in New York, the Bastille Opera House in Paris, Khachaturian Hall in Montreal and at Syracuse University, the University of Texas at Arlington, the Longy School of Music, Oberlin College and the Hochschule für Musik in Wurzburg, Germany.
Howard has appeared internationally in Canada and in Central and Western Europe, including the countries of Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary and Italy. A devoted performer of chamber music, he has performed at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Winter Institute for String Quartets, the Lydian String Quartet Seminar and the Orfeo International Music Festival (Italy) and studied with members of the Tokyo, Mendelssohn, Juilliard and Cleveland string quartets. He has also performed with the Metamorphosen Chamber Ensemble and as a substitute with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
He received degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University where he completed the Doctorate of Music degree in Violin. His teachers included Stephen Clapp, Franco Gulli, Paul Biss and Josef Gingold. He has served on the faculties of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the University of Texas at Arlington, Bridgewater State College and the Baltimore School for the Arts, and he performs regularly with his wife, pianist Anna Soukiassian, in the Kassian-Howard Duo.
Howard currently teaches at Towson University where he also coaches chamber music and performs regularly in the Baltimore Piano Trio and the Kassian-Howard Duo. He is also a frequent section sub for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He lives in the Baltimore area with his wife and their two daughters Michelle and Ani.