Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola  

Photo Credit: Abi Kralik

Praised by The Strad magazine as having “lyricism that stood out…a silky tone and beautiful, supple lines,” Milena has established herself as one of the most sought-after violists of her generation. In addition to appearances as a soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra, she has performed in recitals and chamber-music concerts throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia.  

Milena was the founding violist of the Dover Quartet and played in the group from 2008-2022. During her tenure, the Dover Quartet was the First Prize-winner and recipient of every special award at the Banff International String Quartet Competition 2013 and winner of the Gold Medal and Grand Prize in the 2010 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Her numerous awards also include First Prize of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and top prizes at the Sphinx Competition and the Tokyo International Viola Competition. While in the Dover Quartet, Milena was on the faculty at The Curtis Institute of Music and Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music and a part of the Quartet in Residence of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the newly formed piano quartet “Espressivo!” along with acclaimed artists Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, and Anna Polonsky. 

Upcoming Performances:

Sept 10 – Music Hike II: Free Voices of Eastern Europe

Sept 10 – The Four Seasons According to Glass & Piazzolla

Sept 11 – Grotto III: German Masterpieces