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