Hometown: Houston, Texas
Houston-native Sundoo “Syara” Robert (she/her) is a Korean-Hispanic violist and composer who began her musical training at age 15. She made her solo debut twice with the UTA Symphony Orchestra and the UNT String Institute, where she performed the Walton, Bartok Concertos and Hindemith’s Trauermusik respectively. Syara has spent many summers at music festivals such as Castleman Quartet Program, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Interlochen Summer for the Arts, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Orford Music Center, Eastern Music Festival and was a Fellow at Domaine Forget for the past two summers. She has also received fellowships to Colorado College Summer Music Festival and Toronto Summer Music. Syara has performed in masterclasses for violist such as Antoine Tamestit, Atar Arad, Michel Michalakakos, Simon Rowland-Jones, Jeffery Irvine, Ettore Causa, Jennifer Stumm, Cynthia Phelps, Ellen Rose and George Taylor.
Syara received her Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Texas at Arlington, where she studied with Catherine Forbes. During her undergraduate studies she was awarded the Centennial Endowed Scholarship twice and the College of Liberal Arts Award of Excellence. She later took a break from viola during the COVID-19 pandemic where she received her Graduate Diploma in Music Composition from Humber College Institute of Technology in Toronto, Ontario under the tutelage of Nancy Walker and Aaron Davis. She has since returned to the viola and is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Conservatoire de Musique du Quebec de Montreal where she currently studies with Jocelyne Bastien.