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Violinist Retiree From Los Angeles Philharmonic Joins PYO Music Institute Faculty

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Music Institute will welcome violinist Mitchell Newman, who recently retired from the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Violinist Retiree From Los Angeles Philharmonic Joins PYO Music Institute Faculty

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Music Institute will welcome violinist Mitchell Newman, who recently retired from the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has joined the faculty of Prysm Strings and is working closely with its director, Gloria dePasquale, a cellist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. This talented musician is dedicating much of his time to music education during retirement.

Newman and his wife Tricia chose Philadelphia to be their home even though he hasn't lived here since he was a student at the Curtis Institute of Music over 35 years ago. He is glad to be back in the city he calls "a gem." He said, "My wife and I love Philadelphia's vibrant downtown filled with great cultural institutions and its beautiful suburbs with access to gorgeous parks and great restaurants." They live in Drexel Hill.

Newman praised the music education community in Philadelphia and said, "Philadelphia is blessed with outstanding music education institutions that are deeply committed to bettering children's lives through music. I have always believed that music can bring people together, serve as a catalyst for change, and transform lives. I also believe that if classical music is going to flourish, it must embrace and include people from all backgrounds. There are talented children with wonderful stories to be nurtured and heard. I am committed to providing them access to this art form as this way of life has been so meaningful and beautiful to me. It is my goal to see the next generations become the next artists onstage, as well as make their contributions backstage, in management and in the boardroom."

Louis Scaglione, President and Music Director of PYO Music Institute, is thrilled to have Mitchell Newman as a member of the faculty. He said, "Mitchell brings outstanding experience to us, as a violinist with the LA Philharmonic, but also as an educator and someone who is dedicated to enriching lives through classical music."

Newman's impressive background includes 34 years as a violinist in the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Throughout his career, he has played concerts to bring awareness to mental health issues, performed for homeless and incarcerated communities, and has worked with the LA Philharmonic's YOLA (Youth Orchestra LA) program which builds youth orchestra programs in the most underserved communities in Los Angeles. He has worked with many of the world's great conductors including music directors Andre Previn, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Gustavo Dudamel, and guest conductors Simon Rattle, Kurt Sanderling, Herbert Blomstedt, Thomas Wilkins, Eric Leinsdorf, Zubin Mehta, Emmanuelle Haim, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Simone Young, and Valery Gergiev.

Currently, Newman teaches an orchestral repertoire class for violinists at the Curtis Institute of Music and is an instructor at Play On Philly and the Settlement Music School. He looks forward to playing chamber music and teaching in the diverse communities of the city.


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