Heather Lambert


Photos by Matt Dine


Assistant Concertmaster, Asheville Symphony Orchestra; Principal Second Violin, Western Piedmont Symphony


Round Top Festival Institute, 2021; Meadowmount School of Music, 2018

What is your earliest memory of classical music?

When I was around five or six, I remember falling asleep in the back of a car ride home to an orchestral piece that had come on over the radio. It was dark outside, the volume was lower than normal, and the sound of the string section was so lush and dreamy it created a perfectly serene atmosphere I won’t ever forget. 

What is your favorite piece of music, and why do you love it?

It changes from time to time, but right now my favorite piece is  Claude Bolling’s Suite for Violin and Jazz Piano Trio. It’s a unique, showy piece for the violin, and I also like that one of the movements is played on the viola. 

What has been your favorite experience as a musician?

I had a formative experience playing Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major with an amazing group of people at a summer music festival, and it still takes me to a sentimental, inspired place every time I listen to it. 

Favorite non-classical musician or band

Several of my favorites are Hiatus Kaiyote, Jacob Collier, Punch Brothers, and Crumb.

If you could play another instrument, what would it be?

I’m not sure I would choose to play a different instrument, but I might change genres. I’d love to specialize in jazz violin.

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?

Landscape architecture

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us

One of my hobbies is sewing. A few of the things I wear are handmade. 

Piece of advice for a young classical musician

It doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to be good enough.