Amalia Daskalakis was Invert's violist from November 2003 to May 2004. She is a Boston, Massachusetts native who began performing on the violin at age 4, and then switched to viola at age 12. She studied music at the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division from 1980-1990. Amalia joined NEC's Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in 1985, and served as its principal violist from 1988-1990. With YPO she performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kenndey Center, and toured the United States, Canada, Israel, Germany, Luxembourg, Taiwan and South Korea.
She has received numerous awards, including first prize at the 1990 American String Teacher's Association National Solo Competition, and was a finalist in the 1991 William Primrose Viola Competition. In 1990 she was awarded a full merit scholarship to attend the University of Southern California, where she studied viola with Don McInnes. Other teachers have included Eugene Lehner, Alexander Schneider and Ben Zander.
In 1992 Amalia appeared with Guns'N'Roses, in the award winning "November Rain" video. Shortly after this, Amalia was forced to temporarily put down the viola because of nerve damage in her left hand. At this time,Amalia felt she had no other choice but to leave music and pursue other endeavors.
Amalia moved to New York City in April 2000. Two years later, after ten years of rest and healing, Amalia returned to the viola with a vengence. Starting in September 2002 she became active in the New York music scene, performing extensively at numerous venues, including Don Hill's, Arlene Grocery, Continental, Pianos, Mickey's, Otto's, The Vibe, CBGB's, Meow Mix, Pussy Cat Lounge, The Gershwin Hotel, C-Note, Tobacco Road, Rare and Symphony Space.
Amalia's current projects include work performing classical music with The Phrygian Trio, and as an electric violist with acoustic rockers Mad Juana, with whom she toured Finland in January, 2004.