Violinist Luigi Mazzocchi was born in Venezuela where he studied music in the National System of Youth Orchestras (“El Sistema”), the Vicente Emilio Sojo Conservatory, and the Latin-American Violin Academy with José del Castillo. Mr. Mazzocchi was a founder of the Lara State Symphony Orchestra as principal second violin, concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Venezuela, and first violin with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, with which he toured Latin America and Europe and recorded on the Dorian Record label.
Mr. Mazzocchi has performed as soloist with all the leading Venezuelan symphony orchestras and has attended international music festivals in the U.S., Panama, Spain, France, and Australia. He is a prizewinner in solo competitions such as the 1995 “Del Castillo” Latin American Competition, the 1997 South Orange Symphony Artist Competition, the 1999 FOSJA Solo Competition in Puerto Rico, and the 2000 Temple University Concerto Competition. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Rowan University and a Master of Music degree from Temple University.
Mr. Mazzocchi is concertmaster of the Orchestra of the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, and the Ocean City Pops; associate concertmaster of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra; and a member of the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Philly POPS, the West Jersey Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Philadelphia, and the Gaudeamus and the Caçhasa Ensembles. He has served as substitute violin and teaching artist for the Philadelphia Orchestra and as guest concertmaster for the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with Orchestra 2001, the Philadelphia Classical Symphony, the Serafin and Dalí string quartets, the Pagode Project, and Alô Brasil.