A native of Reno, Nevada, Dustin Budish began his musical training at the age of eight studying the piano, but soon after a suggestion by his middle school strings teacher he realized his true passion was for the viola. While in high school, Dustin received numerous honors including principal viola of the Nevada All-State Orchestra and a Command Performance.
He went on to study at Oberlin College and the Cleveland Institute with Jeffrey Irvine for which he received his BM in viola performance and then received his MM with honors at the New England Conservatory with Martha Katz. While in school, Dustin was a founding member of the Mephisto Quartet, which worked with and performed alongside members of the Cavani, Tokyo, Vermeer, and Cleveland Quartets, and received the Russell Award at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in 2001. As a Chamber musician, Dustin has performed at the Ravinia and Norfolk Festivals, and in 2005 was invited to Israel to perform with Maxim Vengerov’s Mozart Project with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra.
As a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Dustin was featured as soloist with the orchestra as a winner of the annual concerto competition under Maestro Alasdair Neale’s direction. Also while in Miami, he served as artistic advisor and electric violinist to the “Friends” of New World, catering custom innovative fusions of classical music with hip-hop, electronic, reggae and funk.
Presently, Mr. Budish is acting Principal Viola of the Reno Chamber Orchestra, as well as Personnel Manager and Librarian. He spends his summers a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and is also a regular substitute with the San Francisco Symphony.