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Awarded violins from Mark O'connor and Christophe Landon.
Recorded on Lazarus (Space masala) for the Jolly Band, published September 29, 2018
Performed for the Dorothy and Lilian Gish Prize Ceremony in honor of Maestro Gustavo Dudamel12/4/18
Wrote a fiddle solo which I performed at Princeton university/Dudamel Residency. April 23/20199
Performed at the 2019 Social justice Award honoring Oscar Robertson. Many more to list...
Angelo is a violinist and musician. He is 18 years old. He started learning the violin at age 13. He was Concert Master of the Chamber Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the String Orchestra, and Concert Master/Assistant Director of Strings for the PYT Orchestra at his High School under the leadership of conductor Zelman Bokser . Angelo loves Classical, country, pop, hip-hop, rock, and likes the many styles of music in the O’Connor Method. He is a recipient of the Daniel Pearl Memorial Award 2016 and is currently playing on a John Blaire violin lent to him by Christophe Landon. Angelo has participated in two National Take a Stand Festivals(2016-2017) and has sat Principle 2nd Violin for the 2017 festival under the direction of Maestro Gustavo Dudamel. He has performed Beethoven String Quartet No.1 in F major, op.18 No.1 and his signature Bartok Duets with members of the New York Philharmonic. Angelo performed for “The Grammy Salute To Classical Music” celebrating the legacy of Leonard Bernstein, Hosted by Lang Lang at Carnegie Hall. Also, he wrote a fiddle solo which I performed at Princeton university, opening for Gustavo Dudamel and musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic. Most recently, Angelo performed at the 2019 Social justice Award honoring Oscar Robertson. Angelo lives in Brooklyn, New York.
I have reached a high level of playing in a very short time. This august (2019) will mark my 6th year as a violinist and musician. I am proof of the importance of El Sistema and that goals can be achieved with hard work, will, and resolve. My teaching experience started with myself. I was self teaching for my first four years as a violinist and have had lessons for the last 2 years with two wonderful violinists and teachers. Self teaching taught me many things I couldn't learn with a teacher. Self teaching made me comfortable with making changes that are typically uncomfortable, sharpened my ears, and let me explore the many ways of getting through the obstacles that were unique to me. Also, In high school I was Concert Master of the Chamber Orchestra, and 1st violin in my quartet there. I lead sectionals for the violins and violas and had to teach the students individually and in groups who's playing levels ranged from intermediate to advanced. I am currently teaching 4-6 students at a studio in queens.
I like to structure a lesson in four sections. Repertoire, music theory, technique/how to practice, and scale routine. The repertoire is based on the music the student is interested in, the students playing level, and the techniques the piece will require the student to know. Music theory will only take up a small portion of lesson time but worksheets will be assigned. Knowing how to practice effectively is one of the most most if not the most important part to a students musical development. The scale routine is essential to building technique and to mastering the fingerboard. My method of choice is the O'connor method, though I am comfortable with using the Suzuki method or an off book style of teaching.
I believe that learning in one style of music should not limit you from the others and that any instrument can play any and all genres/styles of music. I want students to be conformable to dream, to have "ridiculous and outrageous" dreams, and understand that music is healing and that no price can be put on healing. I can teach a concept in many different ways and I am very patient. I understand that students learn at different paces, I can adjust to their learning speeds and to the way they learn best. I know how to acknowledge a students success while also inspiring work ethic.
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