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Francisco Salizar


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Born in Venezuela, Francisco Salazar began his violin studies at age six with Secondo Pegoraro and continued with Joes Francisco Del Castillo. Having made rapid progress, he soon made his debut as a soloist with orchestra at age eight. Since then he has performed extensively as a concert violinist and has toured North and South America and Europe with The Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela.

He came to the United States in 2007 to attend the Meadowmount Summer School and The Juilliard School where he obtained his BM and MM degrees. His teachers have included Margaret Pardee and in masterclasses Augustin Dumay, Olivier Charlier, Henrik Szeryng and Yossi Zivoni.

He has performed in venues that including Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Paul Hall, Merkin Hall, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Bargemusic, Kimmel Center and collaborated with artists such as Mark Peskanov and Ruth Laredo.

Mr. Salizar has played with the New Jersey Symphony and has performed as Concertmaster of the Harrisburg Symphony, Lancaster Symphonies, Jupiter Symphony and The Juilliard Orchestra on their tours of Japan and Korea, and under the baton of notable conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski.