Luigi Mazzocchi, violin

Luigi Mazzocchi studied in the renowned Venezuelan musical training program “El Sistema,” as well as at the Latin American Violin Academy with José F. del Castillo. He was first violinist of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Lara Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Venezuela.  He has performed as a soloist with the main Venezuelan orchestras and has attended international music festivals in the Americas, Europe and Australia.

Currently the Concertmaster of both the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra and the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, Mr. Mazzocchi serves also as the Associate Concertmaster of the Delaware Symphony and Co-Concertmaster of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra.  He is also a member of the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the West Jersey Chamber Orchestra, the Philly Pops, and the Gaudeamus and Cachasa ensembles.  As a guest artist, he also performs with Camerata Philadelphia, the Pagode Project and Alô Brasil.

Mr. Mazzocchi has been a prizewinner such competitions as the Venezuelan Del Castillo Latin American Competition and the 1999 FOSJA, performing in the Casals Festival.  He studied with Liliana Ciulei and Helen Kwalwasser and has coached with David Arben, Margaret Pardee, Zakhar Bron, Olivier Charlier, Naoko Tanaka, William de Pasquale, and Luis Biava.

Mr. Mazzocchi plays on a violin made in 1887 by Riccardo Antoniazzi and a Pajeot School bow, kindly on loan from Dr. William Stegeman. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two children.