Abigail Evans began playing with the NSO in January of 2005. She was appointed Assistant Principal Viola in May of 2006. Before coming to Washington, she spent four months in the viola section of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She attended the Cleveland Institute of Music where she was a student of Jeffrey Irvine and Lynne Ramsey. Abigail is a member of the Manchester String Quartet and has also performed with other D.C. area ensembles including the 21st Century Consort, Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, and Kennedy Center Chamber Players.