Susan Curran Culpo
Susan Curran Culpo was born and raised in Cranston, Rhode Island where she has lived for the majority of her life. Music was first introduced to Susan by her mother, Aurora Curran, a violinist and music teacher for the Cranston Public School Department. Throughout her, life Susan's interest in the viola allowed for her to journey out of Cranston and take part in various young artist programs. After high school, Susan attended Boston University, where she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Viola Performance. She was lucky enough to have been personally instructed by Bernard Kadinoff, Walter Trampler, Eugene Lehner and Rafael Druian. As a student Susan received a fellowship to study at Tanglewood and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute with Leonard Bernstein. For the past twenty years Susan has been an extra player with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops and a member of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. Susan's association with these renowned organizations allowed for her to travel on various tours all over Europe, Asia and the United States, lead by conductors Seigi Ozawa, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, John Williams, Keith Lockhart, to name a few. For the past eight years Susan has been Assistance Principal Violist for the Rhode Island Philharmonic conducted by Larry Rachleff. She currently resides in Cranston, Rhode Island with her Husband Peter and five children, Peter, Aurora, Olivia, Augustus and Sophia.Susan was born in Central Falls and raised in Cranston, RI where she graduated from Cranston East High School.