Jason Butler has enjoyed a multifaceted career as a concert violist, music educator and administrator. He has performed in concert halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Symphony Hall in Boston, Field Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music and Coventry Cathedral in the United Kingdom. As an orchestral violist, Butler has performed with ensembles such as the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and Firelands Symphony Orchestra. He is currently a viola fellow with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
A strong advocate of contemporary music, Butler has performed frequently with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble and the Alinea Ensemble. He has premiered works by Salvatore Sciarrino, Stephen Hartke, Jesse Jones and Elizabeth Ogoneck. He has also performed extensively on the baroque viola, appearing with the Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival, Charleston Bach Festival and Oberlin Baroque Ensemble.
As a chamber musician, Butler has collaborated with members of the Emerson String Quartet, Cleveland Quartet and Ariel Quartet. In 2021, his trio at New England Conservatory was selected for the Community Partnerships and Performances Fellowship, where he was able to perform for several schools and community centers in greater Boston.
A native New Yorker, Butler attended the Juilliard pre-college program. He went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory and his master’s degree from New England Conservatory of Music. He has most recently worked as an administrative assistant at the Kaufman Music Center in New York City. In his free time, Butler enjoys going on bike rides, cooking and playing video games.