Award-winning violinist Gary Capozziello enjoys a varied musical life as both highly versatile performer and dedicated teacher. A frequent soloist with orchestra, recent concerto appearances have included concerts with the New Haven Civic Orchestra, American Chamber Orchestra, Hartt Symphony Orchestra, Hartt Wind Ensemble, Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra, the Manchester Symphony and the Torrington Symphony. In addition to concerto competitions, he has won a range of awards including the Jerry Malafronte Scholarship for Musical Excellence and the Nogan/Wright Music Memorial Award. A returning guest artist at the 30th Annual Fairfield County String Festival, Gary presents solo recitals regularly, combining diverse repertoire with the masterpieces of the violin canon, and has made appearances on The Exchange television broadcast and benefit concerts for Music for Youth and South Shore Music Inc. He appeared again as recitalist for Music for Youth in 2013, fundraising for their “fostering of love and knowledge of classical music for young people in Fairfield County.”
Gary received full-tuition in the 20/20 honors chamber program at The Hartt School, where he studied with Professor Katie Lansdale as her doctoral teaching assistant. An avid chamber musician, he had early success as a winning member of the String Quartet Competition at the Meadowmount School of Music. Further intensive study began with being a returning participant at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Festival. In addition to numerous concerts within the 2020 program, Gary has performed within a vast array of ensembles from traditional to unorthodox, ranging from early music periods up to the 21st century. Other notable chamber festivals have included Music @ Salem, Texas Music Festival, Maine Chamber Music Seminar, NYU String Quartet Intensive, as well as abroad at the Cambridge International String Academy (UK) and the Amalfi Coast Music Festival (Italy). Noteworthy concerts included performing with the Lions Gate Trio, as well as the London Masterclass at the Northern Royal Conservatory with György Pauk.
Mr. Capozziello also has rich orchestral experience, frequenting substitute positions in the New Haven, Eastern Connecticut, and Hartford Symphonies. He has also served as concertmaster of the Hartford Opera Theater and assistant principle of Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. He currently performs regularly with the Waterbury Symphony, Orchestra New England, and the Wallingford Symphony.
A dedicated teacher, Gary has a devoted passion for working with young artists and pre-professionals. He has taught for many years in a wide range of settings. As full time faculty at the Talent Education Suzuki School, he taught beginners in the Suzuki tradition as well as the traditional method, co-developed the Aspiring Young Artists program with their director Jennifer Trahan, as well as regularly coached chamber music and group classes of all levels. Since 2011, Gary also joined the chamber music faculty of the Hartt School Community Division. While assisting Katie Lansdale in teaching college and graduate students at Hartt, he maintains a private teaching studio in Hartford. His former precollege students that have gone on to study at the University of Maryland, UMass Amherst, Ithaca College, Eastman School of Music, UConn and Berkley College of Music. His current students are former music students from UConn and other surrounding universities.
A native of Fairfield, CT, Gary began infrequent violin lessons at 9, quickly showing interest and meeting with success at performances. As a teenager, and an avid guitarist during this period, he performed as soloist with his high school chamber orchestra, under the direction of Deborah Graser, at historical venues across Europe, and was deeply inspired by visits to the homes of Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven. This profound musical venture, as well as auditioning to perform for Issac Stern, made certain his dedication to the art of violin playing. Gary’s further musical studies earned him an M.M. from New England Conservatory and B.M. at SUNY Purchase Conservatory, where his principle teachers were Laurie Smukler, Lucy Chapman and Nick Kitchen. Along with Stern, Gary has performed in masterclass for Midori, Maxim Vengerov, Pamela Frank, Ani Kavafian, Jamie Laredo, Vadim Gluzman, Glen Dicterow, Jennifer Koh, Bayla Keyes, and Ellen Jewett. His chamber music background centers on the intimate work with some of the most significant chamber musicians of his age, notably Joel Krosnick, Darret Adkins, Florance Millet, Katie Lansdale, Ronald Copes, Cyrus Forough, Laurie Smukler, Lucy Chapman, Maria Lambros, Peter Wiley, and Michal Schmidt. Additionally, Gary has performed in chamber music masterclass for members of the Juilliard, Mendelssohn, Muir, Tokyo, Borromeo, American, Orion, Audubon and Chicago String Quartets. Notable for his artistic development, Gary has worked closely with luminaries Stephen Shipps, Yuval Waldman, and Kirsten Yon. In addition, he studied orchestral technique with Rodney Friend (former concertmaster NY Phil., London Phil., and the BBC Symphony), and Mickey Reisman (Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, Hartford and Springfield Symphonies, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra).