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Byron Hitchcock

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Praised by the Boston Globe as a "fearlessly expressive" soloist with a "finely honed tone", Byron Hitchcock is quickly building a multi-faceted career as a solo chamber, and orchestral musician. His brilliant and uninhibited playing has won him prizes in numerous competitions, including the Hudson ValleyPhilharmonic String Competition, Jefferson Symphony Young Artists’ Competition, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project Concerto Competition.

An enthusiastic chamber player, Byron has studied with members of the Juilliard, Takacs, Cavani, Emerson, and Cleveland Quartets. His extensive chamber music performances have taken him all over the world, from the La Petite Maison des Arts in Montreal, to the Candido Mendes Theatre in Rio de Janeiro, to Boston’s Jordan Hall.

As an orchestral musician, Byron has performed with such esteemed artists as Lorin Maazel, Eiji Oue, Semyon Bychkov, Yamandu Costa, and Jon Nakamatsu. He has served as Concertmaster of many orchestras, including the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, the Manhattan Sinfonie, and the Spoleto USA Festival Orchestra, and now enjoys a seat in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra 2nd violin section.

Byron earned his Bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music under David Updegraff, a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory under Lucy Chapman, and an Artist Diploma from SUNY Purchase under the tutelage of Laurie Smukler. He has spent summers at the Cleveland Orchestra’s Blossom Music Festival, at Kneisel Hall, “the cradle of chamber music teaching in America,” and on faculty at the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont.

Byron currently performs on a 1998 Stanley Kiernosiak violin from Chicago.


Byron Hitchcock
Byron Hitchcock

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