Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, violist Sheldon Person has been a member of the Houston Symphony since 2011. He was previously a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and as soloist and guest principal with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Sheldon serves as a faculty artist at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and an artist at the Zenith Chamber Music Festival.
As first prize winner of the 2005 Royal Overseas League’s Bernard Shore Viola Competition in London, Sheldon performed recitals in London, including an appearance at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. While a member of the Artea String Quartet, Sheldon performed chamber music throughout the U.K., including appearances at Wigmore Hall, the South Bank Centre, the Brighton Festival, Buckingham Palace, and live on BBC Radio 3. Since moving to Houston, Sheldon has performed chamber music for Houston Public Radio and NPR, the Texas Music Festival, Musiqa, and Interplay: Musicians of the Houston Symphony. He has appeared as a guest artist at Rice University, University of Houston, Indiana State University, Michigan State University, and performs regularly with Musica Tra Amici.
Sheldon has served as an instructor for the Texas Music Festival, Indiana All-State Orchestra, and Filarmónica Joven de Colombia. As a fellow of the Aspen Music Festival and School, Sheldon served as the Assistant Principal Viola of the Aspen Festival and Chamber Orchestras.
Sheldon holds degrees and certificates from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London), Indiana University, Rice University, and the University of Alberta. His principal teachers have included Atar Arad, David Takeno and Karen Ritscher.
Sheldon performs on a modern viola by Theodore Skreko that was recognized with a medal for tone at the 2010 Violin Society of America Competition.