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Our Violinists are all members or alumni of the East Carolina Symphony Orchestra. We pride ourselves on quality assurance. To listen to clips of our musicians play, please click here.
Christopher Taylor started playing the violin in the 5th grade and quickly fell in love with the instrument, desiring to further his education. He received Suzuki and Irish fiddle instruction from his first private instructor, Carol Thomas Downing, then went on to join the Bay Youth Orchestras of Virginia and the Governor’s School for the Arts, where he has since performed in Carnegie Hall, Germany, and Austria, among other places with these groups. At Bay Youth, Chris met Jorge Aguirre, of whom introduced him to Hampton Roads Chamber Players, and was under the incredible tutelage of both throughout high school. Chris currently studies with Ara Gregorian at East Carolina University, where he is in his fourth year of his Bachelor of Music, participating in both the renowned Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival and Next Gen on the Road chamber music programs. Also having interests with baroque violin and musicology, Chris plans on furthering his education into these fields as well. Aspiring to holding a leadership position in a well-respected orchestra, Chris above all else wants to play music of any form and to inspire those around him.
Christopher Taylor; Violin
Ryan Tolentino began violin at the age of 5 and is currently under the tutelage Hye-Jin Kim. Past teachers include Dora Mullins, Pavel Ilyashov, and Diana Kemp. Ryan is also a graduate at the Governor's School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA, where he served as a violinist of the Schrodinger String Quartet and as concertmaster of the Opera, Symphony, and Chamber Orchestras. Upon graduation from the Governor's School, Ryan was awarded the National Band and Orchestra award. In 2013, Ryan was invited with merit scholarship to attend the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC, where he studied privately with So-Yun Kim. While at the Eastern Music Festival, Ryan served as associate concertmaster of the Eastern Symphony Orchestra and participated in a masterclass with concertmaster of the Florida and Eastern Festival Orchestras, Jeffrey Multer. Ryan made his solo debut at the Sandler Cetner for Performing Arts in Virginia Beach, VA, in 2014 as a featured performer with the Virginia Beach Chorale. He currently resides in Greenville, NC where he attends East Carolina University to pursue his Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance.
Sarah Hollis started playing violin in grade school and, along with participating in her school orchestra and Eastern Youth Orchestra for many years, she also has played country/bluegrass fiddle with many groups around Eastern Carolina. Sarah is now playing fiddle in country band Without Further Ado and bluegrass band Highway 58. She is currently a senior at East Carolina University studying violin under Hye-Jin Kim.