Based in New York City, violist Celia Hatton finds herself in a myriad of musical settings. From premiering new works for solo viola, to collaborating with dancers, to performing operas, Hatton’s ability to adapt to various creative backdrops has led her to a colorful career.
Hatton is the violist in residence at Periapsis Music and Dance, a company that creates new compositions and choreography simultaneously while incorporating the musician on stage with dancer.
She has given the world premiere of string quartets by Colin Matthews, Derek Bermel, and Felix Jarrar, as well as premieres of solo viola works by Ansel Chang at Carnegie Hall and by Jonathan Katz at Jacob’s Pillow Dance.
After performing in the chamber music festival New York in Chuncheon, she is an Honorary Ambassador to the city of Chuncheon, South Korea.
She is a founding member of Shattered Glass, an Associate Musician at the Metropolitan Opera, has performed with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and A Far Cry, toured nationally with Sphinx Virtuosi, and toured internationally with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Hatton has performed at the Apollo Theatre, Jazz at Lincoln Center in collaboration with Paquito D’Rivera, recorded on Mark Gross’ jazz album “+ Strings” and on BIGYUKI’s electronic album “Reaching for Chiron.”
She has performed on NBC’s Today Show in conjunction with NPR, and performed with Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Eminem, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Pharrell, Frank Ocean, Nicki Minaj, David Guetta, Ke$ha, Tori Kelly, Bastille, Halsey, and First Aid Kit. Hatton can be heard on movies Robot and Frank, Annie, Zoolander 2, Barbershop 3, The Girl on the Train, Keeping Up with the Joneses, A Dog’s Purpose, and The Greatest Showman.
Hatton received her Professional Studies and Master’s Degree from Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Karen Dreyfus as the recipient of a William Randolph Hearst Scholarship. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree with Kim Kashkashian at New England Conservatory receiving a Presidential Distinction Award Scholarship and Frances O. and Elizabeth Hunnewell Scholarship.