Player Spotlight ~ Robert Garbarz ~ Violinist, Conductor

Opus 680, Strad “Vieuxtemps” 1710 violin, 2010

“I played a concerto composed by a friend and conducted a few other pieces. That was my first solo performance with this violin and it was great. It hasn't failed to deliver anything that I've asked of it, and the sound seems to grow each day. Thanks again for all of your help!”

Robert GarbarzRobert Garbarz is a violinist studying at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Richard Luby. He has performed with many orchestras in the Raleigh area, including the Triangle Youth Symphony and Philharmonic, the Garner Sinfonia, and several regional orchestra festivals. He currently plays in the UNC Symphony Orchestra, directed by Tonu Kalam.

In addition to modern violin, he studies and performs regularly on the baroque violin. First introduced to period performance practice at Oberlin Conservatory's Baroque Performance Institute, he now plays in the UNC Baroque Ensemble under the direction of Brent Wissick. He also plays in smaller baroque chamber ensembles alongside Professor Wissick and fellow classmates.

Recently, he has begun studying conducting. In the summer of 2012, Robert co-founded and conducted the inaugural peformance of the Raleigh Festival Orchestra, an ensemble comprised of high school and college students from schools throughout North Carolina. He also appeared as a soloist, performing the debut of a violin concerto composed by one of the orchestra members.

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