Lila Brown, viola, is cofounder of the Music from Salem program and has been its artistic director since 1986. After graduating from the Juilliard School, she joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She subsequently left to study with Sándor Végh and become principal violist of the Camerata Academica in Salzburg under his direction. Brown then spent seven years as an assistant professor at the Vienna Hochschule and six years as a member of the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, and since 1997 she has been professor of viola at the Musikhochschule in Duesseldorf, Germany. Brown has taught chamber music and viola courses in Sweden, Austria, and Germany.