Biography

Dwayne Beach, currently a Master Degree laureate from Brooklyn College Conservatory in Viola Performance. He also graduated with his Baccalaureate in Music from Hunter College in viola and a second discipline in Italian Linguistics. He's an Alda Fellowship Scholar who has studied under the tutelage of Artistic Faculty Masao Kawasaki at Brooklyn College, and formally under Dr. Reuben Blundell.  He has had the luxury of being seated in the Principle Viola Seat for various orchestras: from All-City Youth Orchestra (2007-8), Hunter Symphony (2009-11), “New Yorks hippest orchestra” (Courier-Life) One World Symphony (2012-14), and currently New York Eastern Chamber Orchestra.

 

In mist of his performance role as principal violist, Dwayne’s sound has been described by another orchestral musician as.... “A warm sound that carries the orchestra. You can be transfixed by his body expressions and sound. He’s like the meat of the orchestra… really humble, a good leader, and very passionate” (Magna Blemur, The Hunter Bridge).

 

April 2010 Dwayne made his debut at Jazz at Lincoln Center, playing solo viola with Kentucky Chamber Choir, under composer Shafer Mahoney’s direction. In 2011 he was one of the founding members of Project Tangata, which has had the honor of performing works with Naxos recording artist Gregory Burleson.

 

Alongside his classical music interest he has been playing music with Jazz Vox the Emmys Award performing ensemble, under the direction of Priscilla Owens. He premiered in an operetta called “The Sacred Wood” by the late composer Richard Burke, as dual role violist and tenor soloist at the Kay Playhouse Theater, NY. Dwayne is also a professional ballroom dancer. He managed to rack up an impressive dance resume performing with his partner at the Kennedy Center, Roseland Ballroom, “PORTS” fashion show, NY, being a background dancer in the film “Take the Lead,” appearing on the TODAY SHOW, and toured nationally with American Ballroom Theatre, alongside competing and winning championship level competitions.

 

In Ballroom dancing he has studied American and International style in all four competitive disciplines: Smooth, Rhythm, Latin and Standard. With the latin style being his specialty and for which he had championed.

 

Currently he is working with guitarist Marcin Wisniewski also a former member of Project Tangata. They both came together and decided it was time in late spring 2015 to form a duo called The F Tones which can be found at theftonesnyc.com. This speak easy dynamic duo spins out fresh and velvety covers of pop tunes: a captivating fusion of acoustic classical, folk, gypsy jazz, and flamenco infused improvisation too. Together they have recently create an amazing swing of concerts that landed them as featured artist at BAMcafe at BAM. They also received a two page spread  written in the Kingsman newsletter. 

 

He plays on a viola crafted in 2008, and a five-string violin crafted in 2013 by Shanghai’s master luthier Ma Zhibin, and recently a carbon fiber viola crafted in 2016 by Joerg Kleinalstede in Werther, Germany. As for his future musical aspiration he hopes to someday have a concerto written for him as the dedicatee and as it's initial performer, as well as revivify and concertize lesser known gem in the viola repertoire and works by minority composers.