Uli Widmaier was born in Germany in 1962, studied violin at the conservatory in Munich in the 80s and took master classes with Szeryng, Milstein, and Ricci. He moved to the United States and earned degrees in English (Brown) and Law (Yale), and went into private law practice in Chicago from 1994 to 2016. He taught his children piano, violin, and viola. He never stopped thinking about music and switched from violin to viola in 2014. Uli decided two years later that NOW is the time to realize the dream and quit his law job, practiced like crazy, took lessons with Charlie Pikler, Principal CSO Violist, and has joined our orchestra!