CARRIE DENNIS entered the Curtis Institute of Music at the age of 16 as a violin student of Victor Danchenko and took viola lessons with Joseph de Pasquale, occasionally playing viola in chamber music ensembles. She received her B.A. in violin performance in 1999. She returned to Curtis in 2000 to study viola with Michael Tree. Halfway into her second year she earned a position in the Philadelphia Orchestra as Associate Principal Viola. During her time in Philadelphia Orch, she was invited by Simon Rattle to audition for the Berlin Philharmonic, and served as Solo Viola for the Berlin Philharmonic for two years. Following Berlin she joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Principal Viola from 2008-2016.
In addition to her orchestra career, Dennis is an avid chamber musician and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro. She has also participated in the Verbier Festival and been a Tanglewood Fellow. She has appeared at the Grand Tetons Music Festival and the Barga Chamber Music Festival in Italy, and has given master classes at Northwestern University and the Juilliard School. She played with the Musiche Quartet in Berlin, and she still performs with the ambient electronic music group Mico nonet.