Warren Laffredo, Viola

Warren Laffredo, BM, MM studied at the Juilliard School, Oberlin and the Manhattan School of Music with legendary teachers William Kroll, Max Aronoff and William Lincer.  During the Korean War, he played both flute and viola in a number of Air Force bands, including the “Strolling Strings”.  He then spent 2 years in the New Orleans Symphony before being appointed Assistant Principal Viola with the National Symphony in Washington, DC.  After leaving the National, he became an active free-lance musician in NY, playing in Broadway shows, with the Group for Contemporary Music, with the Clarion Chamber Ensemble and with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra.  He performed with Skitch Henderson in an orchestra that became the NY Pops and remained a member there for many years, touring the world with them.

In 1964, Warren was appointed to the New York City Ballet Orchestra, eventually becoming the Assistant Principal and then Principal Viola.  He is currently a member of the section at the Ballet.  He was also a member of the New York City Opera Orchestra and the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra.

Warren’s many interests include photography, ham radio and cruising his blue water sailboat near his home on the eastern end of Long Island.