Wyatt Underhill joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Concertmaster in 2016. His orchestral path began in earnest when, at the age of 19, he served as concertmaster for a six city concert tour of China and Singapore with the Oberlin Orchestra. Subsequently he has been concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival Orchestra, substitute concertmaster with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and associate concertmaster of Symphony in C. He has won top prizes in the Irving M. Klein International Competition for Strings and the Minnesota Orchestra Young Artist Competition, and has performed as soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Concord Chamber Orchestra and the Oberlin Orchestra, and in recital at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the Gualala Arts Center in California.
An avid chamber musician, Mr. Underhill is the founding first violinist of the award-winning Blue Hill String Quartet, with whom he has been a fellow at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Formed at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, the quartet has performed at Alice Tully Hall in New York, on Juilliard’s FOCUS! Festival for contemporary music, at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and on the Treetops Chamber Music Society’s recital series and new outreach initiative.
Mr. Underhill is an active proponent of both baroque and contemporary music, and his experience at both ends of the spectrum is extensive. As a baroque violinist, he has performed with Apollo’s Fire (The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra), performed and toured with Juilliard415, and been soloist for Bach’sBrandenburg Concerto No. 5 with the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra. In the world of contemporary music, Mr. Underhill has collaborated with current composers on chamber and solo music, has been concertmaster for numerous world premieres and recordings and has performed with Contemporaneous, the New Juilliard Ensemble and AXIOM.
A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the Juilliard School, Mr. Underhill is a recipient of the Benzaquen Career Advancement Grant and was awarded the William Schuman Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music upon his graduation from Juilliard.