Based in New York City, violist Celia Hatton finds herself in a myriad of musical settings. From premiering new works for solo viola, to collaborating with dancers, to exploring the conductorless chamber orchestra process, Hatton’s ability to adapt to various creative backdrops has led her to a colorful career.
She is the violist in residence for Periapsis Music and Dance, a company that creates new compositions and choreography simultaneously while incorporating the musician on stage with dancer.
Hatton is the former violist of the Zorá String Quartet. She has given the world premiere of string quartets by Colin Matthews, Derek Bermel, and Felix Jarrar, as well as premieres of solo viola works by Ansel Chang at Carnegie Hall and by Jonathan Katz at Jacob’s Pillow Dance.
After performing in South Korea at the festival New York in Chuncheon, she was named Honorary Ambassador to the city of Chuncheon.
She is a founding member of Shattered Glass, an Associate Musician at the Metropolitan Opera, has performed with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Knights, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, toured nationally with A Far Cry and Sphinx Virtuosi and toured internationally with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Hatton has performed at the Apollo Theatre, Jazz at Lincoln Center in collaboration with Paquito D’Rivera, Smalls Jazz Club, The Blue Note Jazz Club, and Birdland Jazz Club. She can be heard on Mark Gross’ jazz album “+ Strings” and on BIGYUKI’s electronic album “Reaching for Chiron.”
She has performed on NBC’s Today Show in conjunction with NPR, and performed with Alicia Keys, Eminem, Frank Ocean, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Michael Bublé, Nicki Minaj, Pharrell, and Stevie Wonder, among others. Hatton can be heard on movies Annie, Barbershop 3, A Dog’s Purpose, The Girl on the Train, Goldfinch, The Good Liar, Greatest Showman, Keeping Up with the Joneses, and Frank, Zoolander 2.
Hatton received her Professional Studies and Master’s Degree from Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Karen Dreyfus as the recipient of a William Randolph Hearst Scholarship. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree with Kim Kashkashian at New England Conservatory receiving a Presidential Distinction Award Scholarship and Frances O. and Elizabeth Hunnewell Scholarship.