Beginning his career in music at age 15 with a concerto debut at Carnegie Hall, he went on that same year to appear as a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Four years later, he made his critically acclaimed recital debut at Carnegie Hall.
A graduate of the Hartt College of Music, University of Hartford, Kobialka received his Masters degree and Doctorate of Musical Arts from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. His contributions to education over the past four decades have given him professorships at Catholic University of America, California State Universities of San Francisco and Hayward, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Mills College, The University of California at Berkeley, UTSA and The University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio Texas.
He has commissioned over 30 works from such composers as Pulitzer Prize winners Charles Wuorinen, William Bolcom, Henry Brant, and Wayne Peterson. Dr. Kobialka has premiered both solo works and concertos for violin, including Ben Weber’s Violin Concerto, dedicated to him, with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the late Robert Shaw. With the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, he gave both the American premiere of Toru Takemitsu’s “Far Calls, Coming Far,” and the world premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s “Rhapsody”, a work written especially for Mr. Kobialka. He also premiered Henry Brant’s “Litany of Tides” with the San Jose Symphony and George Barati’s Violin Concerto with the Santa Cruz Symphony. Some of the other composers who have written and dedicated works for Mr. Kobialka include George Rochberg, Meyer Kupferman, Lou Harrison, Vivian Fine, Henry Brant, Fred Fox, Arthur Custer, Theodore Antoniou, Marta Ptaszynska, and Benjamin Lees.
Mrs. Winnie (as she is affectionately known) has played in a professional orchestra symphony for eighteen years as a second violin concert master. She is also one of Antonio Strad Violin’s Luthiers, a skill she acquired while attending the Shanghai Conservatory in China. Sweet and quiet by nature, she has been teaching for over twenty years and her students enjoy very much her friendly disposition.
Joseph Barrera has been playing the violin for over 20 years and teaching for over 13 years. He believes that every student is different and strives to adapt to every students’ needs and learning pace. He is proficient in all Suzuki Books Vol. 1-10. In addition to classical training, he also teaches movie music, pop and fiddle tunes.
He has studied Music Education at UTSA. His past teachers were Dr. Yuli Jiang, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio (previous San Antonio Symphony concertmaster), and Mary Ellen Goree (current SA Symphony 2nd violin principal). In his high school years, he has been Concertmaster for 4 years in a row for the All-Region 11 Orchestra (NISD). He is also a 2 time All-State violinist. He has played with the San Angelo Symphony, Symphony of the Hills. Currently, he is a sub with the San Antonio Symphony and plays with the Saltarelli Community Orchestra on his spare time as part of his community service.
His teaching experience include 5 years with NISD as the 5th Grade strings instructor at Powell, Cable, Helotes, and Passmore Elementary Schools in addition to his lesson studio.
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Roselyn Rios is currently pursuing a B.M. in Music Marketing with a minor in Music Technology at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She studies violin with San Antonio Symphony member Dr. Stephanie Westney, and is a member of the UTSA Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Eugene Dowdy. She is also lead female vocalist of the UTSA Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Adrian Ruiz. Although her concentration is in marketing, Roselyn has had three years of teaching experience through teaching private lessons and in the UTSA String Project. She has performed both locally and internationally in places such as Dallas, Corpus Christi, Houston, and France. In 2015, Roselyn had the opportunity to study for a week at the Conservatory of Paris with the Virtuosi of Houston Chamber Orchestra. In addition, the UTSA Orchestra recently had the opportunity to be the featured performing university orchestra in the 2017 TMEA Convention with Roselyn as Assistant Principal 2nd Violinist. Roselyn aspires to continue her music studies with her fellow teachers and colleagues so that she may surmount the challenges of the music industry in order to ensure the growth and education of young artists and musicians.
Mr. Badillo is a dedicated Violin Performer who is motivated to teach and build up a Violin Studio of great and outstanding musicians. His goal is to help students excel and be successful at their talent. Mr. Badillo has been playing violin since he was 11 years old. Throughout those years he has displayed sense of leadership and was concertmaster throughout my secular education (6th grade – College). He was a student of Texas State University School of Music and still studies with Dr. Lynn Ledbetter. He currently plays with Mariachi Fiesta de Rio, Lux Musicae Symphony Orchestra and Dunton Music Recording Studio Ensemble and is a sub for the Corpus Christi Symphony and Mid Texas Symphony. He also was a Violin Instructor for NISD.
Raised in Granada (Spain), Miguel Calleja started playing the violin at a young age under the guidance of Biljana Belloti, former concertmaster of the Belgrado Symphony Orchestra. Later, he continued his studies with Ofelya Karapetyian and Fernando Cornejo, at the Royal Conservatory of Granada and finished his masters degree in the University of Missouri-Columbia, where Eva Szekely and Julie Rosenfeld were his teachers. He has played as an orchestral musician in several ensembles, performing as the Concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of the Royal Conservatory of Granada. Also, he has toured Spain and Europe with ensembles such as the Orquesta Filarmonia and the Hispanian Symphony Orchestra and performed in the US with the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra and the Missouri Symphony. An avid chamber musician, Calleja has performed recitals across Spain and the US, invited by institutions such as the University of Granada, the Royal Conservatory of Granada and Casa de España in San Antonio. In his many years teaching violin, Calleja´s students have been accepted into the top music institutions in Spain and the US, including the Royal Conservatory of Granada and many young orchestras
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