Chicago violist Doyle Armbrust graduated with honors from Northwestern University and went on to study with Donald McInnes at the University of Southern California where he earned a Masters Degree in Viola Performance. Doyle is currently principal violist of the Firebird Chamber Orchestra in Miami, FL and a founding member of the Spektral Quartet.
After returning to Chicago having completed a three-year fellowship in the New World Symphony as rotating principal violist under Michael Tilson Thomas, Doyle began an active freelance career including commercial engagements as sideman for Eddie Vedder, The Beach Boys, Richard Marx, Lupe Fiasco, and Peter Gabriel. Positions not involving pyrotechnics include sectional coach of the DePaul University Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, as well as adjunct viola professor at the University of Chicago.
A rabid advocate for new music, Doyle performs regularly on the Chicago Symphony’s MusicNow Series, is a core member of the New Millennium Orchestra and has been a guest artist with both the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and eighth blackbird.
In 2009, Doyle was hired by TimeOut Chicago to write for its Opera & Classical and Music sections, and is often found scribbling notes at the back of the Empty Bottle, the Lyric Opera House, and everywhere in between.