Marjory Serrano

Violin I

Violin I

An accomplished orchestral and chamber musician, Dr. Maryory Serrano began violin studies with Ismenia Molina at the Aragua Symphony Foundation in Venezuela. In Venezuela, she has studied with a number of noted teachers such as Maestro Jose Francisco del Castillo, Maestro William Naranjo, Luis Miguel Gonzalez and Pablo Vazquez. In the US, she has earned a masters degree in Violin Performance and Artist Diplomas in String Quartet Studies and Violin Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory under Akemi Takayama. She has performed in numerous festivals including Union de las Artes (Guama, Venezuela), Curso de Violin (Tabay, Venezuela), Las Vegas Music Festival, and National Repertory Orchestra (Breckenridge, Colorado). Ms. Serrano served as principal second violin at the Idyllwild Arts Music Festival under the baton of Larry Livingston, and has also performed at the Castleton Festival under the baton of then-New York Philharmonic conductor Lorin Maazel. Ms. Serrano has performed at such renowned venues as Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. In 2007, she was the only violinist from the Americas invited to compete in the International Violin Competition Citta d'Brescia in Italy. Ms. Serrano has taken master classes with such renowned violinist as Anne Akiko Meyers and Midori, and chamber music master classes with Irish pianist John O'Conor. Ms. Serrano was a member of the Aragua Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela from 1995 until 2001, and served as Principal Second Violin at the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra from 2003 until 2014. She has extensive experience serving as a concertmaster, including filling that role for the Shenandoah Conservatory symphony orchestra for several years under Venezuelan conductor Jan Wagner, and most recently as concertmaster for the Catholic University of America symphony orchestra while pursuing her doctoral studies with that institution under the direction of Jody Gatwood. Dr. Serrano holds an adjunct faculty position in violin at Frederick (Maryland) Community College. She is Concertmaster of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington (PACO), concertmaster of the National String Symphonia (NSS), and she also performs with the Apollo Orchestra in the Washington, DC area, and with the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra in Shepherdstown, WV. Ms. Serrano is also a member of the Argot String Quartet. During her spare time, she likes to travel and cook, especially Venezuelan and Cuban dishes. Her website is located at www.classicalvenezuelanviolinist.com