Biography of van der Werff Ivo-Jan:
Throughout 28 years and over 2000 concerts as violist with the Medici String Quartet, Ivo-Jan van der Werff has toured the world,
playing in major venues and cities in more than 50 countries on 5 continents as well as playing on over 40 recordings, including the
complete cycle of Beethoven quartets. He has also recorded viola works by Max Reger and Arnold Bax. With the quartet he has held
residencies and taught viola and chamber music at the Universities of Kingston, Lancaster and Surrey in the UK, the Royal Academy of
Music in Stockholm, Sweden and the Nan Yang University in Singapore. For 10 years he was a professor at the Royal College of Music,
London and is now a full time professor of viola and chamber music at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, Houston. He
has written ‘A Notebook for Viola Players’, a series of technical exercises and explanations of viola technique.