Beth Guterman Chu

Beth Guterman Chu


Principal Ben H. and Katherine G. Wells Chair

Beth Guterman Chu is one of the most sought after young violists of her generation. Before joining the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in 2013 as Principal, she was a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and enjoyed a varied career as a chamber musician and recitalist. Playing chamber music, Chu collaborates with many artists including Gil Shaham, Itzhak Perlman, Orli Shaham, Joseph Kalichstein, Menahem Pressler, Jaime Laredo, and members of the Guarneri, Emerson, and Orion quartets. As a recording artist, she recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Tzadik, Naxos, and the CMS Studio Recordings. Chu has been a member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra since 2008 and the Iris Orchestra since 2001.

This past summer, Chu spent her time performing and teaching at the Aspen Music Festival and School, National Youth Orchestra-USA, and played chamber music in Bridgehampton, Luzerne, and Skaneateles, New York. During recent summers Chu has performed in festivals including the Marlboro Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Bravo! Vail, and the Lake Champlain Music Festival.

Chu received her Artist Diploma at the New England Conservatory studying with Kim Kashkashian, and her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School studying with Masao Kawasaki and Misha Amory. She lives in St. Louis with her violist husband Jonathan and their two sons.