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Brendan Speltz, Violin

Violinist Brendan Speltz, a Los Angeles native, began his serious music studies at the Colburn School of Music, studying with Chan Ho Yun, Henry Gronnier, and later Linda Rose. He received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern California, studying with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra concertmaster Margaret Batjer. While at USC, Brendan was chosen by legendary violinist Midori Goto to participate in a string quartet program with the latter coaching from the second violin chair. In 2012, he earned his Master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, studying with Laurie Smukler. At both institutions he served in a principal or concertmaster capacity. Brendan has performed at a wide variety of music festivals as soloist and chamber musician, including the Music Academy of the West, Kneisel Hall, Encore, the Bach Akademie Stuttgart, the International Music Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Niagara, Canada. As a quartet musician he has made appearances on Fox and NBC New York. Most recently he performed Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat during a joint Russian and Swiss event at the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Brendan has also performed as a chamber musician in the Mark Morris Dance Group, as Assistant Concertmaster of the Sarasota Opera Company and as violinist with the New Jersey Symphony, The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the American Ballet Theatre, and Symphony in C. Brendan plays on a 1925 Carl Becker violin.

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