Violinist MICHELE BOVYER joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1981. In October 2000 she was appointed to the sixth chair of the first violin section. She has appeared numerous times as soloist with the orchestra – at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in performances of music by Vivaldi and Beethoven, and at the Hollywood Bowl in a Hoffnung concert and in performances of music by Vivaldi and Mozart. She has also been featured in several LA Phil Chamber Music series programs. She spent many summers at the Red Fox Music Camp in the Berkshires, participated in the first two years of the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and was a member of the Aspen Music Festival Chamber Orchestra.
Bovyer is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, where she was a student of Ivan Galamian, Sally Thomas, and Ruggiero Ricci. In 1977, the young violinist and her husband, clarinetist Gary Bovyer, moved to Israel, where she joined the Jerusalem Symphony as principal second violin. Shortly thereafter she was invited to join the Israel Philharmonic and became a member of their first violin section under the direction of Zubin Mehta. Bovyer soloed with the Israel Philharmonic both in Tel Aviv and on a South American tour. She and her husband are founders of the Aryeh Ensemble, which has given a number of performances throughout California. Their daughter Joanna is working as a preschool aide, and their son Isaac is a senior at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, studying cello.