Richard Wolfe, born in New York in 1953, pursued his violin studies with Aaron Shapinsky and Dorothy Delay and graduated from the University of Cincinnati where he studied with Walter Levin (La Salle Quartet). He then spent five years in Israel as a member of the Israel Chamber Orchestra and during that period became interested in the viola. He settled in the Netherlands in 1983 and has been principal viola soloist for the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra since 1986. He often performs as a soloist with this orchestra. He is also very fond of Chamber Music and is a member of the Sergiu Luca Ensemble “Music in Context” in the U.S., the “Explorations” Ensemble in Belgium and other ensembles in the Netherlands.