Herbert (Norman) Howells

English Born 17 Oct 1892 Died 23 Feb 1983

Born into a family of professional musicians, viola player John Dexter was quickly recruited into the family quartet. Initial musical training took place at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, before he completed his education at New York's Julliard School with Dorothy Delay and Lillian Fuchs. He played with the Madison String Quartet from 1973-79, during which time he performed extensively throughout Europe and the US.

In 1980 he joined the Manhattan String Quartet and in the intervening years has made twenty critically acclaimed recordings, has broadcast on French and US radio, and presented three Shostakovich cycles in New York city. Tours with the Quartet have taken him to North and South America, Europe and the former Soviet Union. In addition to his work with the Quartet, John also appears as a viola soloist and as Principal Violist with the New York City Opera Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi, the American Symphony, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He maintains an active teaching schedule, teaching viola and coaching chamber music.

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