Meet the Artists
LUIGI MAZZOCCHI, Violinist, was born in Venezuela, where he studied music in the System of Youth Orchestras ("El Sistema") and in the V. E. Sojo Conservatory. He joined the Latin American Violin Academy in Caracas where he studied with José F. del Castillo. He was a founder of the Lara State Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Venezuela, and a member of the "Simón Bolivar" Symphony Orchestra, with which he toured Europe and recorded a number of CDs with the Dorian Record label. Mr. Mazzocchi has performed as soloist with the main Venezuelan Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, the South Orange Symphony (NJ), the Philadelphia Classical Symphony, the Ambler Symphony (PA), the West Jersey Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Pennsylvania Ballet.
Mr. Mazzocchi also 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, the 1999 FOSJA, and the 2000 Temple University. Since 1996, he has been living in the United States where he studied violin with Liliana Ciulei and Helen Kwalwasser. He holds a BM from Rowan University and a MM from Temple University. Mr. Mazzocchi has coached with Margaret Pardee, Zakhar Bron, Olivier Charlier, T. Tanaka, William de Pasquale, Luis Biava, David Arben, the Emerson, Guarneri, and Orion Quartets. Currently, Mr. Mazzocchi is the Associate Concertmaster of the Delaware Symphony and a member of the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and the Ocean City Pops. He has also performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Ballet. the Philly Pops and the Serafin String Quartet. Mr. Mazzocchi is a violin teacher for the Music School of Delaware, the Elite String Program and a teaching artist for the Philadelphia Orchestra.
ANTHONY PIROLLO, Cellist, attended the Philadelphia Music Academy where he studied with William de Pasquale and George Harpham and Claus Adam. Mr. Pirollo has performed as guest principal cellist with the Houston opera for Jose Carerras as well as for its world premiere of Meredith Monk’s opera “Atlas”. He has appeared as principle cellist for many artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Joshua Bell, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathas, Sammy Davis Jr and Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zepplin to name a few. In 1990 he co-founded Bel Canto Opera Company in which he serves as associate musical director and conductor.
Mr. Pirollo has composed for various groups in the Philadelphia area and is currently principle cellist of the Ocean City Pops Orchestra as well as principle cellist of the Atlantic City Music Union. His current project is the incorporation of private teaching and preventative health care for musicians.