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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Martha Marquez is a former EPISD and SISD music director. She holds a master’s degree and has taught all levels (elementary through adult education) for 20+ years in the El Paso and San Antonio areas. She truly loves working with children because teaching is her passion. Martha enjoys giving to the community by holding music recitals for senior citizens. She uses both Suzuki and traditional methods when teaching music.
While residing in El Paso, Ms. Marquez studied and performed under Maestro Abraham Chavez (former conductor for the El Paso Symphony). In addition, Martha studied guitar from local classical guitar legend, Charles Teitsworth.
Martha moved to San Antonio over ten years ago. She continued to work in the school districts, but later began teaching music for the United States Air Force. She has used her spare time to play for the Community Bible Church Orchestra, the University of Incarnate Word Community Orchestra, and Salterelli Orchestra. Her most favorite thing to do is listen to birds sing. It is music to her ears!
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.
Ellen Kidwell is pursuing a B.M. in Music Education and a certificate of recognition in instrumental performance from The University of Texas at San Antonio. She studies violin with symphony member Dr. Stephanie Westney, and is also proficient in performing on piano and viola. She has had the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the O’Connor High School Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, NYC, and has won several jazz piano awards including Best Jazz Pianist at the Palo Alto Jazz Festival in 2011. Her professional affiliations include membership with TMEA, ASTA, and SAA. She is also Suzuki certified, and has a passion for sharing her music with aspiring students.
Alejandro Padro-Fuentes is currently completing a degree in Music Studies (Music Education) at the University of Texas at San Antonio, studying violin with Mary Ellen Goree of the San Antonio Symphony. During his time at UTSA, Mr. Padro-Fuentes was a member of the UTSA Symphony Orchestra serving as principal second violin and concertmaster. He was also actively involved with the American String Teachers Association where he was president during the 2015-2016 school year as well as the UTSA String Project, a nationally recognized program providing quality music education in the San Antonio area. Other professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association and Project LARA, a string quartet comprised of local musicians aiming to raise the performance standard of college level ensembles.
Mr. Padro-Fuentes was a fellowship recipient at the National Music Festival in Chestertown, Maryland and the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute in Washington D.C. under the baton of Elizabeth Schulze at the Kennedy Center. He has collaborated with artists like Rachel Podger (Baroque Violinist), Emma Resmini (Flutist) and was a pit musician in Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life Tour. Mr. Padro-Fuentes has also participated in masterclasses with Rachel Podger, Alexandre Da Costa, the Avalon String Quartet and competed as a finalist in the San Antonio Tuesday Musical Club Young Artists Competition. In Spring 2016, Mr. Padro-Fuentes was awarded with the UTSA String Excellence Award, ASTA Service Award and a Performance Certificate in Violin.
Mr. Padro-Fuentes is excited to begin teaching at Antonio Strad and he cannot wait to share his love for music with others.
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