The New York Times has described New Zealand violist Amanda Verner's playing as “alluring” and “passionate”. Following her undergraduate study at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Jeffrey Irvine, Amanda received an Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, under the tutelage of renowned violists Roberto Diaz, Misha Amory and Michael Tree.
In 2013, Amanda gave her solo debut at Carnegie Hall, performing Steve Mackey’s Ground Swell as part of the 21st Century American Contemporary Ensemble workshop with John Adams and David Robertson.
As a chamber musician, she has performed with Bendigo Chamber Music Festival (Australia), At the Worlds Edge Festival (New Zealand), Philharmonia Chamber Players (London), collaborated with the Doric String Quartet and toured for Chamber Music New Zealand with the MELERensemble.
Amanda has toured extensively with the Verbier Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Gábor Takács-Nagy, performed with Sinfonia Grange au lac with Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, and Daniel Harding, Les dissonances, Concertgebouw Kamerorkest and Camerata RCO. She has also attended the Seiji Ozawa International Music Academy and Aspen Music Festival.
An experienced orchestral musician, she has served as guest principal of the Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras. She has toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and held a position with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. She is currently a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.