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Noted for his organic musical instincts and warm sound, violinist Brendan Speltz, a Los Angeles native and son of musician parents, has performed around the globe with world-renowned musicians. He began his serious music studies at the Colburn School of Music, studying with Chan Ho Yun, Henry Gronnier, and later Linda Rose. During these formative years, Speltz played in the elite Colburn Chamber Orchestra, serving for one year as principal 2nd, and served as concertmaster of the American Youth Symphony under the baton of Alexander Treger, John Williams, and David Newman in 2007. In 2005, Speltz won gold medal of the YMF Chamber Music Competition, performing live on the radio for KUSC 91.5’s Sunday’s Live from the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art.

He received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, studying with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra concertmaster Margaret Batjer. He served as principal 2nd in both the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras of that institution. While at USC, Brendan was specifically chosen by legendary violinist Midori Goto to participate in a string quartet program with the latter coaching from the second violin chair.  He graduated with honors and on the Dean’s List in 2008.  In 2012, he earned his Master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, studying with Laurie Smukler. While he was there, Speltz served both as principal and concertmaster of the Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, and Orpheus Institute Orchestras.

Speltz has performed at a wide variety of music festivals as soloist and chamber musician, most recently at the prestigious Kneisel Hall, in Blue Hill, Maine, the Ottowa Chamber Music Festival, and the Skytop Music Festival in Pennsylvania.  In past years Brendan performed at the Music Academy of the West, Encore School for Strings, the Mimir Festival, The Montecito Festival, the Bach Akademie Stuttgart under the baton of Helmuth Rilling, and the International Music Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Niagara, Canada.  He served as concertmaster for three years of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Festival Orchestra.  

An avid chamber musician, Speltz has performed on established professional chamber music series including the Los Angeles based Pacific Serenades and the South Bay Chamber Music Society.  He has performed on various New York television networks, including NBC New York, Fox & Friends on Fox News, and on ABC’s “The View.” 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., All Fours  (Bartok String Quartet no. 4) with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and in the world premiere of Ronnie Reshef’s instrumental opera Ambiguous Kafka as violinist, actor and singer.

Speltz has performed with various professional orchestras, including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New Jersey Symphony, Symphony in C, The Sarasota Orchestra, and the Salome Chamber Orchestra. He is a founding member of the New York based chamber ensemble Shattered Glass (shattered-glass.org), recording Bach’s Violin Concerto in A-Minor with the latter. Most recently, he has become a member of the groundbreaking chamber ensemble Shuffle Concert, which is set to tour Israel among other places during its 2014/2015 season. Speltz plays on a 1925 Carl Becker violin.

He loves family, travel, the Lakers, Dodgers, USC football, and physics.

 

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