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Tel Aviv (Israel), 1945. Atar Arad (born 8 March 1945) is an Israeli American violist, professor of music, essayist and composer. He has performed in top venues around the world both as a featured soloist with orchestras in and as a member of the distinguished Cleveland Quartet from 1980 to 1987, taking the seat previously established by founding member Martha Strongin Katz. He was succeeded by James Dunham. Arad currently teaches at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, and at the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival in near Chicago as well as the Domaine Forget Music and Dance Academy in Quebec. Previously he was Professor of Viola at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He has also taught at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, and has been an artist/lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Prior to 1980 he served on faculties at Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth and the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England