Luigi Mazzocchi, Violin 

Luigi Mazzocchi, Violin

Luigi Mazzocchi was born in Venezuela where he grew up in the System of Youth Orchestras, “El Sistema.” He also studied in the Sojo Conservatory and the Latin American Violin Academy with José F. del Castillo. He was a founder of the Lara State Symphony Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Venezuela and a first violinist of the “Simón Bolívar” Symphony Orchestra, with which he toured Europe and Latin America, and recorded a number of CDs on the Dorian Record label.

Mr. Mazzocchi has performed as soloist with all the main Venezuelan symphony orchestras, the FOSJA Orchestra at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, the West Jersey Chamber Orchestra, the South Orange Symphony, the Temple University Orchestra, The Olney Symphony, among other regional orchestras. He attended international music festivals in Latin America, the US, Spain, France, and Australia. He is a prizewinner in solo competitions such as the Del Castillo Latin American Competition, the 1997 South Orange Symphony Artist Competition, the 1999 FOSJA, and the 2000 Temple University Concerto Competition.

In the US, Mr. Mazzocchi studied violin with Liliana Ciulei and Helen Kwalwasser, completing a Bachelor of Music at Rowan University and a Master Music at Temple University. He has also coached with Margaret Pardee, Zakhar Bron, Olivier Charlier, Naoko Tanaka, William de Pasquale, Luis Biava, David Arben, Charles Parker, the Emerson, Guarneri, and Orion String Quartets.

Currently, Mr. Mazzocchi is the Concertmaster of the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, and the Ocean City Pops. He is also the Associate Concertmaster of the Delaware Symphony and a member of the Pyxis Piano Quartet, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Philly Pops, the West Jersey Chamber Orchestra, the Academy of Vocal Arts Orchestra, and the Cachaça Ensemble. He was a member of the Dalí and the Serafin String Quartets, performing twice in Carnegie Hall with the latter. He served as a teaching artist for the Philadelphia Orchestra and has performed with the orchestra as a substitute violinist. He has been a featured artist for Alô Brasil, Live Connections and Intercultural Journeys’ 2015-16 season.

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