Otis Harriel bio

Otis Harriel

Violinist Otis Harriel earned his Bachelors Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in Spring 2013. He began his studies with Rob Diggins in his hometown of Arcata, CA. Under his teacher's guidance he began performing with many local orchestras and chamber ensembles including the Eureka Symphony and Humboldt State Symphony. He attended the  Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop, Idyllwild Chamber Music Program, Sphinx Academy of Music, Mendocino Music Festival and Castleton Festival.

Since 2012 he has been a violinist with Friction Quartet. While in the quartet he has performed in many diverse venues across the world from Carnegie Hall to SFJAZZ and collaborated with artists such as Andy Akiho, Paul Watkins, Fabian Almazan, Brad Mehldau and the Le Bouef Brothers. The quartet has participated in the Deer Valley Music Festival, St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, St. Lawrence String Quartet Emerging Quartet Program, Banff Chamber Music Residency, Shouse Chamber Music Institute and the New Music for Strings Festival in Denmark. The quartet recently won second prize at the 2016 Shoenfeld International Strings Competition. With the quartet he has worked with members of the Miró Quartet, Emerson Quartet, Brentano Quartet, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Kronos Quartet and Belcea Quartet.

Otis studied  with Wei He at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has participated in master classes with the first violinist of the Shanghai Quartet, Weigang Li, William van der Sloot, and Pinchas Zukerman. While at the conservatory he developed his love of chamber music under the guidance of coaches including Mark Sokol, Jennifer Culp, Jean-Michel Fonteneau and Jodi Levitz.  He has a passion for museums, contemporary music, Haydn and baking.