Jorge Gardos
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Member Since: September 16, 2008
Last Visit:May 3, 2020
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Jorge Gardos

Jorge Gardos started playing the violin at the age of five and began concertizing at the age of seven, first in his native country, Hungary, and then in the US, Latin America, and Europe. His subsequent career has been remarkably varied, from appearing on national television in Venezuela and performing with Jose Antonio Abreu, creator of El Sistema; to giving the U.S. premiere of Bartók’s Violin Sonata in e-minor, after its first public release in 1968; to being chosen, with his quartet, to premiere works of several Latin American composers, at Indiana University’s Latin American Music Festival; to performing at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, and on WQXR (New York’s classical music station).

Comfortable with alternative musical styles, he performed with Chick Corea, Isaac Hayes, and was part of the cast, performing as a Russian violinist, in the Broadway musical Strider.

As concertmaster and as soloist, he played with many orchestras, including the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Connecticut Philharmonic Orchestra, the Garden State Symphony, and the Northeast Philharmonic Orchestra; he also served as concertmaster for the world premiere of the musical Rex by Richard Rogers.

As a chamber musician, Mr. Gardos was violinist of the Pro Arte Trio, in residence at Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, and was founder and first violinist of the Amacorda Quartet, the resident ensemble at the International and New Jersey String Conferences for over 15 years.
In 2010, he formed the Gardos-Fine Trio, with Burton Fine, viola, and Donna Gardos, cello.

A student of Zoltán Kodály, in solfège, Jorge Gardos studied violin with Ivan Galamian, Josef Gingold, Dorothy DeLay, Tadeusz Wronski and Itzhak Perlman; and chamber music with János Starker, Menahem Pressler, William Primrose, and the Hungarian Quartet. He is a graduate of the Hungarian Music Academy in Violin Performance, with classes in teacher training; he holds a Master of Music degree from Indiana University, where his studies were sponsored by an Esso Foundation grant, obtained through the endorsement of Leonard Rose and Gonzalo Castellanos (Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela). He has done post-graduate studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University and at New York University.

Mr. Gardos studied conducting with Maestro Castellanos, in Venezuela, and with Wolfgang Vacano, at Indiana University. He has conducted youth orchestras in both Venezuela and the U.S., including, respectively: La Orquesta Estudiantil de la Universidad Central and La Orquesta de la Associacion Mozart; the Delaware University Chamber Orchestra (of which he was the founder), and the New Jersey All-State Orchestra.

He was Music Director of the Woodbury Symphony, and conductor of the Plainfield Symphony, both in New Jersey; he was also conductor of the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra and of the Kenneth Square Symphony, both in New York.

In his long teaching career, Jorge Gardos has influenced many young violinists. He served as Teaching Associate at Indiana University; Assistant Professor at Rowan University; Artist-in-Residence at the University of Delaware; faculty member for advanced violin studies at Dalcroze School of Music in New York; and Artist-in-Residence at Community MusicWorks, an award-winning inner-city youth organization in Providence. At the latter, he both coached individual students and ensembles and taught solfège. Additionally, he has given chamber music workshops sponsored by the Rhode Island String Teachers Association; and, for the 2010-2011 season, he coached the strings of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Community Orchestra.

In 2012 he gave a string workshop at the New England Conservatory Prep Division.
In 2012 he performed Saint-Saens Havanaise at the University of Hartford with Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra.
In 2013 he will present a session at the National Conference of the American String Teachers Association. In 2009, he was the keynote speaker at the Organization of American Kodály Educators National Conference. The speech later appeared in the publication of the International Kodály Society.

Currently, he is a faculty member at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School, is the String Chair of the Rhode Island Music Educators Association, and is a board member of Rhode Island String Teachers Association. He also teaches at his home studio in Warwick, RI.

Mr. Gardos is a member of the College Music Society, Chamber Music America, the National Association for Music Educators, the American String Teachers Association, the American Federation of Musicians, and the Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society.
His website: www.jorgegardos.com