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, with which he toured Europe and Latin America and made recordings on the Dorian label. He was also a member of the Lara Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Venezuela.  He has performed as soloist with all the main Venezuelan orchestras, attended international music festivals in the Americas, Europe and Australia and performed at Carnegie Hall.

Currently Mr. Mazzocchi is Concertmaster of the Pennsylvania Ballet, Black Pearl and Ocean City Pops Orchestras, He also serves as Associate Concertmaster of the Delaware Symphony and is a member of the Opera Philadelphia (where he was concertmaster for last season’s Carmen), Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Philly Pops, West Jersey Chamber Orchestra, and the Gaudeamus and Cachasa ensembles.  As a guest artist, he also performs with Camerata Philadelphia, the Pagode Project and Alô Brasil.

He 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.