Boston-based violinist Deborah Ferry Palmer began her violin studies in Salt Lake City at the age of 3 as a student of Deborah Moench. She made her solo debut at the age of 8 with the Utah Symphony (conducted by Keith Lockhart of the Boston Pops) as the youngest musician to ever solo on its annual "Salute to Youth" concert. It was said of her third appearance with the Utah Symphony at the age of 17, performing the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, that Deborah “dazzled the audience” and “gave a commanding reading of one of the violin literature’s most challenging and famous works.” --The Desert News
While pursuing her undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Deborah studied privately with Daniel Ching, 1st Violinist of the world-acclaimed Miró Quartet, and Sandy Yamamoto. Deborah was selected as concertmaster of the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra for three years under the direction of maestro Gerhardt Zimmermann. She also served as concertmaster of the Butler Opera Center as well as concertmaster and ensemble manager of UT Bach Cantata Project, an early music ensemble that performed regularly in Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art. Most notably, Deborah was awarded “Most Outstanding Senior Recital” for the 2012-2013 academic school year and during her time in Austin played as a substitute/section violinist with the Austin Symphony.
An experienced chamber musician, Deborah has been coached extensively by members of the Horszowski Trio, the Shanghai Quartet, the Miró Quartet, and the Aeolus Quartet. She has also performed for violinists Vivian Hagner, Joseph Silverstein, Donald Weilerstein, Kathleen Winkler, Robert Lipsett, David Kim, Cho-Liang Lin, and Ilya Kaler, among others.
Deborah is currently pursuing her Master of Music at the Longy School of Music of Bard College as the Joseph L. Horner Endowed Scholar under the tutelage of Jesse Mills, founding member of the acclaimed Horszowski Trio. She serves as concertmaster of the Longy Conservatory Orchestra and was recently selected as the second violinist of a part-faculty chamber ensemble that will perform Dvorak’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81 this coming April. As both a soloist and chamber musician, Deborah regularly performs in recitals, outreach concerts, and master classes on and off campus and finds great joy in sharing her music with others at local hospitals and assisted living centers. Deborah is also often invited to premier new works by living composers and loves getting to work alongside them in the creative process.
Since moving to Boston, Deborah has performed with various ensembles, including the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and looks forward to joining more ensembles in the area upon graduation. She is also currently working as an Arts and Music Resident Tutor for undergraduate students at Harvard University where she helps organize and execute artistic events and concerts on campus.
An avid teacher, Deborah is Suzuki and El Sistema trained and has maintained a private violin and viola studio for 14 years. Her greatest musical passions are symphony orchestra, opera, teaching, and using music as a healing art. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jon, and two children (James, 4 and Margaret, 2).