It's all about the music
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, Mr. Speltz 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.
Mr. Speltz 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. Mr. Speltz has also performed as a chamber musician with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and as violinist with the New Jersey Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the American Ballet Theatre, and Symphony in C. He also serves as a seasonal artist on the New York-based chamber music series Omega Ensemble. Most recently, Mr. Speltz has been traveling the globe with Shuffle Concert, a groundbreaking chamber music ensemble that gives the audience an opportunity to choose the program in real time. Mr. Speltz plays on a 1925 Carl Becker violin.
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