Damara Lomdaridze joined the Hong Kong Philharmonic viola section in 2012. A resident of Hong Kong since 2002, Damara has been a member of the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong (2002-2012) and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta (2002-2004.) From 1998-2002 Damara was a tenured member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans.
Damara began her musical studies in her hometown of Norman, Oklahoma studying viola with Wayne Crouse. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from Indiana University where she received music and honours scholarships studying with Joseph DePasquale, Atar Arad, Rainer Moog and Alan DeVeritch. Damara earned her Masters of Music in Viola Performance from the University of North Texas studying with Dr. George Papich. As a recipient of a UNT Graduate Fellowship, Damara played in the graduate string quartet and taught violin and viola. At UNT Damara won the Concerto Competition and received the Outstanding Graduate Student in Instrumental Studies Award.
Damara toured with Pharos Soloists to Cyprus, Prague and London. She has participated in the Manchester Music Festival and the National Repertory Orchestra. When not playing viola, Damara enjoys reading, hiking and spending time with her husband, HK Phil Principal Bassist George Lomdaridze, and their two children Tommy and Natia.