Praised by the Strad Magazine for “warm sound and much joy”, violist Ivan Mendoza began his musical studies at the age of ten in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. He received his degree from John J. Cali School of Music under the tutelage of Honggang Li and Kathryn Lockwood. Recent notable engagements include a recital with the Legato Arts Series at Carnegie Hall, Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet with the Shanghai Quartet, the music of Charles Loeffler with soprano Barbara Dever and pianist Ron Levy, and performances at Encore Chamber Music Festival, Intersections Festival, Bargemusic, and TED talks. A recipient of the Oscar Ravina Talent Grant, Ivan has held chamber music residencies at Montclair State University, Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, as well as Shenandoah University—where he coached chamber music students of the conservatory. In addition to being an avid chamber musician, Ivan regularly appears with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, New Orchestra of Washington, and the Montclair Orchestra. Ivan is currently based in the Greater Washington DC/Baltimore area and is on the viola faculty of the Artsahimsa Chamber Music Festival in Lenox, Massachusetts.