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Violinist Duane Padilla began his musical career much in the “traditional” way. Beginning classical violin lessons at age 4, he went on to earn a Masters Degree from Yale University and a Bachelors Degree from Northwestern University. While still a student, he earned fellowships to perform with the National Repertoire Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. In 1995, he founded the highly acclaimed chamber ensemble The Gemini Duo, semi-finalists in the Concert Artists Guild Competition in NYC. In addition to a busy touring schedule, The Gemini Duo won outreach grants from Chamber Music America and the American Federation of Musicians and earned positions on the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Performing Artist Roster and the CMA Rural Residency Artist Roster. Following his university studies, Duane’s musical journey led him to a 15 year career as an orchestral musician, first with the Waterbury Symphony and New Haven Symphony Orchestras and later with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. Duane began to explore a broader musical world in Honolulu. As a member of the Honolulu Symphony Pops Orchestra, he performed with a “who’s who” list of the jazz world which included: Diana Krall, Chris Botti, Dianna Reeves, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Dave Koz, Monica Mancini Elvis Costello, Victor Wooten, Rosemary Clooney and countless others


Sentimental Swing

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2011


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Duane Padilla

Read "Take Five With Duane Padilla" reviewed by Duane Padilla

Meet Duane Padilla: Classically trained violinist (Yale and Northwestern); Honolulu Symphony Violinist; Swing Violinist with Hot Club of Hulaville; Winner Hawaii Academy of Recording ArtsJazz Album of the Year 2011.Instrument(s): Violin.Teachers and/or influences? Teachers: Idell Low, Gerardo Ribeiro, Syoko Aki.I knew I wanted to ...


Article: Album Review

Duane Padilla: Sentimental Swing

Read "Sentimental Swing" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Hot Club of Hulaville violinist Duane Padilla echos the golden age of Stéphane Grappelli, by way of Joe Venuti. Sentimental Swing presents nothing new and breaks no revolutionary jazz ground, being made up of ten well-worn jazz standards, presented in a violin-piano-bass trio format. Was all this necessary? Perhaps not, but Padilla does put a pleasant ...


News: Recording

Jazz Violinist Duane Padilla Releases Debut Solo Album "Sentimental Swing"

Jazz Violinist Duane Padilla Releases Debut Solo Album "Sentimental Swing"

Violinist Duane Padilla releases debut solo album Sentimental Swing (Honolulu, HI) On June 1, 2011, Violinist Duane Padilla released his debut solo album entitled “Sentimental Swing." Inspired by the lyricism of Frank Sinatra and the eternally optimistic melodies of French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli, the album presents a selection of romantically swinging jazz improvisations based on ...


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