Stanley Konopka joined The Cleveland Orchestra in 1991 and has been assistant principal viola since 1993. He previously served as principal violat and soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra and was a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, he has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, Masterworks Festival Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, Contemporary Youth Orchestra, and the Suburban Symphony Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Konopka was member of the Myriad Ensemble, and has performed with the Miami StringQuartet, Cleveland Orchestra Piano Trio and, at chamber music festivals throughout North America, including Taos, Lakes, Pensacola, and Banff. He has recorded chamber music on the Telarc and Azica labels with John Clouser, Yolanda Kondonassis, Massimo La Rosa, and Richard King.
Stanley Konopka has taught viola at the Oberlin Conservatory, Cleveland State University, Kent/Blossom, and Encore School for Strings, and has given masterclasses at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Interlochen Arts Academy, Masterworks Festival, Stringendo School for Strings, Palm Beach Atlantic University and the Ohio Viola Society. He has served as a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) since 1995.
While in school, Mr. Konopka won the B.M.I. Award to Student Composers and the Young Artists Award at the Interlochen Arts Academy prior to attending CIM as a student of Robert Vernon (Cleveland Orchestra principal viola, 1976-2016). His other teachers include David Holland (Interlochen), Milton Preves (principal viola, Chicago Symphony Orchestra), and Susan Starrett.