Duane Padilla

Violinist Duane Padilla began his musical career much in the “traditional” way. Beginning classical violin lessons at age 4, he went on to earn a Masters Degree from Yale University and a Bachelors Degree from Northwestern University. While still a student, he earned fellowships to perform with the National Repertoire Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. In 1995, he founded the highly acclaimed chamber ensemble The Gemini Duo, semi-finalists in the Concert Artists Guild Competition in NYC. In addition to a busy touring schedule, The Gemini Duo won outreach grants from Chamber Music America and the American Federation of Musicians and earned positions on the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Performing Artist Roster and the CMA Rural Residency Artist Roster.

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Review of Sentimental Swing Honolulu Star Advertiser, June 22, 2011 by Jon Berger Padilla stretches wings, strings “Sentimental Swing” Duane Padilla (self-published) Here’s another album that the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) might have a hard time classifying when time comes to prepare the ballot for the 2012 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Is it jazz or instrumental? And, although violinist Padilla is a founder and leader of the Hoku Award-winning group Hot Club of Hulaville (Jazz Album, 2011), this is officially a solo project, so can he go for most promising artist as well? Wherever it ends up on the Hoku ballot, this is beautiful and imaginative work

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Honolulu, HI

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Violin Faculty Punahou Music School, Honolulu, HI Masters Degree - Yale University Bachelors Degree - Northwestern University Past President/Board Member Hawaii American String Teachers Association Suzuki Association of Hawaii Suzuki Talent Education of hawaii

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Introduction to Improvisation for Classical String Orchestra Programs, junior high, high school, and college levels

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