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Julia Bomfim

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Julia Bomfim is an exceptional violinist based in Boston, MA. Her unique style combines Classical music and Brazilian music with other South American flavors. Half Argentinian from her mother side and half Brazilian, Julia's energetic and versatile playing have ensured her place in these various musical genres. Born into a family of artists, Julia began her music studies at the age of seven. Inspired and encouraged by her father, the renowned flutist Marcelo Bomfim, the violin became the focal point of her early childhood.  In 2013, she graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO) with a Bachelor of Music degree

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John Pearce Violin

Born in Bristol, John Pearce began learning the violin at the age of seven and has since performed in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark and Japan as well as at venues in London including the Royal Albert Hall, St. Martin in the Fields and St. John’s, Smith Square. He has performed live on BBC radio and television and has given world premieres of works by composers such as Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. As a soloist, he has performed concertos by Bach, Bruch, Beethoven and Brahms and has given duo recitals with pianist and composer Motoki Hirai. Festival performances have included the Cheltenham Music Festival, the Bath Festival and the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. John had the honour of receiving an award from the Former Parliamentary under Secretary of State for an outstanding contribution to music and was awarded a bursary at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Gyorgy Pauk, later continuing his studies privately with Bela Katona

Gregory Harrington

Born in Dublin to Irish parents, Gregory Harrington began to play the violin at the age of four at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He holds degrees in Business and Music from University College Dublin, American College Dublin, The Guildhall School of Music in London and Mannes College of Music in New York City. Today, Harrington is one of Ireland's most recognized violinists, having performed all over the world as soloist in some of the world’s greatest concert halls for Presidents, the United Nations, and millions of music fans at arenas and stages worldwide. He was invited to open the St Patrick's Day Parade live on NBC on 5th Avenue to a nationally televised US audience and was invited by the Green Bay Packers to perform the US National Anthem at Lambeau Field. Harrington has appeared with many great orchestras and esteemed conductors including the San Diego Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Mexico City Philharmonic, RTE Concert Orchestra and the Janacek Philharmonic under Thomas Wilkins, Robert Houlihan, Mariusz Smolij and Mark Shapiro amongst others. In 2006 he founded his own record label, Estile Records, and has has enjoyed success on the Billboard Classical Charts having released 3 critically acclaimed albums to date

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About Omer Ashano

Israeli jazz violinist Omer Ashano started playing violin when he was six years old, later taking up the guitar at age 13. At the time, his guitar teachers were the influencers who exposed Omer to the styles of Blues, Rock n' Roll and Jazz as well as the ideas and possibilities ...

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Gypsy Vendetta

Gypsy Vendetta plays the vibrant and expressive Gypsy Jazz style, which has its origin in the 1930's swing music and the legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt. The band has been performing and touring for years – and with a record of hundreds of concerts, the band offers a unique interplay between the highly skilled musicians.

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Omer Ashano

Omer Ashano is an award-winning Israeli Jazz and cross-genre violinist currently residing in New York City, USA. Omer Ashano began playing classical violin at the age of six where he studied under local teachers in the town where he grew up. At the age of 13 he switched to guitar through which he got exposed to Blues, Jazz and the possibilities of improvisation. At the age of 15 Omer decided to take the skills and concepts he learned through Guitar about improvisation and develop them on the Violin in addition to the explorations of eclectic violin playing styles from Indian, Bluegrass, Celtic and Klezmer music

Jonathan Ng

Jazz violinist, vocalist, and bandleader Jonathan Ng has spent the majority of his life making music that moves people. He specializes in the traditions of swing and gypsy jazz, combining musical virtuosity with emotional expression. Jonathan also possesses a unique knowledge of swing dance bandleading founded on his expertise as a lindy hop, balboa, and blues dancer. Whether playing for a seated audience or a crowded floor of dancers, Jonathan seeks to share the spark which made him first fall in love with the recordings of Django Reinhardt and Count Basie. Jonathan's performances combine a musical acuity born from years of classical training with a captivating showmanship honed playing to countless packed rocked clubs

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Teresa Broadwell

Vocalist and jazz violinist Teresa Broadwell is formally trained, holding a BM from the Crane School of Music, and an MA in Jazz Studies from the College of St. Rose. Her vocal influences include: Lambert, Hendricks and Ross; Eddie Jefferson; King Pleasure; Sarah Vaughan; Betty Carter; Ella Fitzgerald; and Anita O'Day. On fiddle, she draws from Stuff Smith, Joe Venuti, Matt Glaser, and Stephan Grappelli. Other past recordings include: "Sunny Side of the Street," with the "New Moon Swing Band," (a group that performed on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show) and "Everything's Jake," featuring her swing band “Thrivin' on A Riff." Broadwell moved to the Capital Region in the early ’80’s , where she formed her own groups, performing at concerts, festivals, radio and television shows, and jazz clubs in the greater Northeast

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Kit Eakle

Kit Eakle is an internationally known jazz violinist, violin teacher, educator, and publisher of music education materials. He has a Master's in Music Education from The University of Victoria, Canada. He is currently working on a book about the history of jazz violin. He has shared a stage with John Lee Hooker, David Grisman, Turtle Island String Quartet, Jason Anick, Mads Tolling, Lynton Garner (Errol's brother!), and performed as a member of the Hot Club of Marin, Django Obscura, The Sons of Emperor Norton, Sugar Moon, The Mark Holzinger Band, his own Kit Eakle Quartet, and his brother, noted David Grisman flute player, Matt Eakle

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Daniel Davis

Contemporary Violinist Daniel D. is a 3 Time 1st Place Apollo Theater Winner, and studied at NYC's Julliard School of Music. He has become one of the most popular new age social media superstars with an international fan base of several million. A seasoned performer at age 29, with seven studio albms to his credit. Daniel D. has opened for Kim Waters, Boney James, Jamye Fox, Kanye West, Najee, K'Jon, Lelah Hathaway, and performed for Oprah Winfrey, the late Michael Jackson as well as President Barack Obama. Daniel D’s unique showmanship styles cross all genres of music, leading to their growing international multicultural fan base