Francisco Salazar

Photo of Francisco SalazarA native of Caracas Venezuela, Francisco Salazar began his violin studies at age 6. Making rapid progress he soon made his solo debut with orchestra at age 8. Although quite young, Francisco performed extensively as a concert violinist in his native country and toured the world with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra. While still in Venezuela Francisco had the privilege to perform for legendary violinist Henrik Szeryng, and participated in Master Classes by Olivier Charlier, Augustin Dumay and Yossi Zivoni.

Already established as one of the leading performers in his native country, Francisco was awarded a full scholarship to study in Switzerland with Jean Jacques Kantorow, but his violin studies would instead continue in the United States at The Juilliard School, where he obtained his BM and MM degrees. He has since gone on to perform on numerous occasions as a soloist and chamber musician to rave reviews in prestigious venues such as Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic and others. Francisco has had the honor of performing for two presidents of his country as well as the Crown Prince Guillaume and Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg, and the consuls of Venezuela and India in NY.

Francisco is also a seasoned orchestral performer. As a product of the world famous “El Sistema” of Venezuela, he has had rigorous orchestral training since the age of 9 when he was chosen to be the concertmaster of the National Orchestra for the youngest members of the program. Five years later he became the youngest member of its top orchestra, the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra. In his orchestral career Francisco has also played for several years with the New Jersey Symphony, frequently appears as concertmaster with the Harrisburg Symphony, with which he has also soloed, and has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra and the Juilliard orchestra under notable conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Kurt Mazur, Seiji Ozawa and Stanislav Skrowaczewski among many others.

Currently Francisco resides in New York City, where he maintains a busy schedule as a concertmaster for a variety of ensembles, and frequently performs as a soloist an chamber musician with the Lautreamont Chamber Ensemble and others.