Meet the Musicians Viola

Joanna Patterson Zakany


Orchestra member since 2006

Hometown: Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Education: The Cleveland Institute of Music

Studied with: Robert Vernon

Instrument: Joanna still plays on the first viola she ever owned, an instrument made by Abraham Fairfax of Arkansas.

About Joanna:

Joanna has been living in Cleveland for the past 11 years and loving every minute.  She likes Cleveland’s calm lifestyle; she has space to breath but can be at work in 10 minutes.  She and her husband, Mike, have 2 cats and 1 dog and enjoy dining at many of Cleveland’s enticing restaurants, though Albatros is a favorite.  In her spare time Joanna  does yoga, bikes around Cleveland Heights, and runs around Shaker Lakes with her wonderful dog.  She counts playing Missa Solemnis with TCO among her most memorable onstage experiences.  Joanna teaches at Cleveland State University.

You can hear Joanna on:

Live At The Happy Dog