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Drew Tretick: A Classical Violinist’s Odyssey
Saturday, November 18, 2023
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Concord Hall, 1407 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, CA
In person and Live Webcast
Presenter: Drew Tretick
Drew Tretick brings everything orchestras want from an artist, namely a great player with charisma, connection with the audience, and the greatest charts you could ever find. Orchestras will love playing with him because he makes it so easy, and audiences will keep wanting him back. You will make everybody in your organization happy with Drew Tretick.
– Kirk Trevor – Music Director, Missouri Symphony
Concert violinist Drew Tretick will give an hour concert of sublime musical themes, followed by the story of what is involved in recording and producing an album with a symphony orchestra. He will also share tales that range from the rigors of The Juilliard School of Music in New York, to treasured live performances with Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Chris Isaak, Elton John, John Denver, Doc Severinsen and Andrea Bocelli. Drew has recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Slovak National Symphony and has appeared as soloist with others. Appearances for television and radio include PBS, NPR, ABC, NBC and ESPN.
Drew began playing at age five and was performing professionally by his early teens. He studied viola at the North Carolina School of the Arts with Sally Peck and, under her training, he was nominated by the Commission on Presidential Scholars to compete at Princeton University. Due to his winning performance at Princeton and, as a result of several written essays, Drew was recognized as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He was later accepted to the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City. In light of his musical progress and high academic standing, Drew was awarded the Lincoln Center Scholarship and completed both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in only four years. His Juilliard master recital was the first ever in the school’s history to include a synthesizer electronic violin, and this innovative performance was broadcast over National Public Radio.
Upon graduating from Juilliard, Drew was appointed Associate Professor and was one of the youngest faculty members ever at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He also toured extensively around the world to Asia, Europe, Canada, and throughout the United States. All members of his family are professional musicians and members of major symphonies. His mother and father had distinguished performing and teaching careers and were beloved inspirations to Drew and his siblings.
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