Meet the Musicians Viola

Arthur Klima


Orchestra member since 1977

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Education: University of Illinois, Yale University

Studied with: William York, Harold Klatz, John Garvey, Walter Trampler, Broadus Erie

Instrument: Art plays a 1985 Zenon Petesh and an unknown German instrument made around 1930.

About Arthur:

Art, as he is fondly known in the band, is a former Chicagoan and spent some time by way of an east coast orchestra before ultimately joining The Cleveland Orchestra and he has loved Cleveland's diverse neighborhoods and Metroparks.  Here is Art's audition remembrance: "It was October 1st of 1977, and 5:00am, and I'm looking up at the ceiling thinking, 'I must be crazy to be attending an audition in Cleveland today. I know my solos, but the repertoire list is impossible - be prepared to perform works by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky, Strauss, etc. Oh, well! If I go to Cleveland at least I will have another audition under my belt. In two weeks the Philadelphia Orchestra has an audition for a section violist. I really think I stand a better chance in Philadelphia.' Two days after my successful audition with the Cleveland position, I was notified that the audition in Philadelphia was cancelled. The musician decided not to retire."  

Another of Art's memorable performance stories includes a particularly soft section of the second movement of the Elgar Cello Concerto with Zara Nelsova as soloist.  "During one of the concert dates, I developed an uncontrollable coughing streak. Fortunately, there was an open stage aisle, a straight shot, directly back to the bass section, (Art is taller than the average bear.) where I "hid" behind one of the bassists until my cough came under control."

Art's hobbies, some of which may be accompanied by the Jazz and Big Band dance music from the '20s thru the 40s', include target shooting, motorcycling, gardening and literature.  Art and his wife, Jean, are custodians for three very smart and happy felines. Art teaches at Cleveland State University, has taught at Baldwin Wallace University, and can be heard on the Chamber Music of Nancy Van de Vate, Volume VII.