I started playing classical violin at age 8, and added viola @ 14, winning a scholarship to the AFM Congress of Strings later that year. I studied classical viola with Nancy Cirillo at Wheaton College for 4 years, as well as appearing in the chorus of “Fidelio” under Sarah Caldwell. After some time off from playing I studied classical violin with Arturo Delmoni for 2 years. Since then I have moved primarily into improvisational playing for Rock/Pop/Folk/World gigs (appearing currently with Avant Classical/Rock band Ginger Ibex, Latin duo Las Aboricuás; formerly with Irish Punk Rockers The Gobshites, and occasional appearances with local pop singers Ad Frank and Paula Kelley).
I’m available for gigs and session work in all genres (except no DMB – sorry!). Visit my site for more information: www.BettyWiderski.com
Experience & Education
Violist/Violinist/String Arranger for Ginger Ibex2008 to Present (over 11 years)
Original instrumental contemporary classical/rock band - piano, strings, percussion. Debut CD "Firefly" released Fall 2009. http//sonicbids.com/GingerIbex
Composer & Performer for Reverse Polish notationJune 2006 to Present (over 12 years)
My solo looping project, creating multi-layered live performances. EP currently in production for release in 2011.
Violinist for Las AboricuásApril 2009 to October 2010 (about a year and a half)
Las Aboricuás performs Latin songs in Spanish with guitar & violin. Performances include the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Nameless Coffeehouse (appearing as a featured act in the Sept 2010), Club Cafe, and other public & private events.
Viola / String Arrangements for The Milling GownsDecember 2006 to July 2009 (over 2 years)
"Gloom Pop" band - released CD "Diving Bell Shallows" Fall 2008.
Fiddler for The GobshitesMay 2004 to June 2008 (over 4 years)
Irish Punk band - performed over 60 shows per years at venues large & small, including Passim, Harpoon Irish festival, South Boston St. Patrick's Parade, ski resorts, NYC venues, the Imus St. Pat's show, etc.