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Alton Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster

Vincent Piazza


      A native of Alton, IL, Vincent Piazza began studying violin at the age of nine in the Alton public school system. After studying with Elizabeth Jankowski through high school, he enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying withe Peter Schaffer and Pacifica Quartet member Sibbi Vernhardsson. Also, during his years at the University of Illinois, Vincent was a student of Italian, receiving a minor and studying in Catania, Sicily. Vincent also holds a Master's degree from Boston University studying violin with Bayla Keyes. Vincent's summer highlights have included the National Repertory Orchestra, the Round Top Festival Institute and the Tónlistarhátiðar unga fólksins string quartet seminar in Iceland. In 2007 he toured China as a member of the Sinfonia da Camera.

      Vincent has a long history with the Alton Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the Alton Junior Youth Symphony,l the Alton Youth Symphony, and during high school, the Alton Symphony. He enjoyed playing in many ensembles. While playing with the Alton Symphony in high school, he also performed with the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Alton High School Symphonic Orchestra. 

      Today, Vincent works at McKendree University in the Office of Development, Alumni and Parent Relations. He freelances heavily out of the Musicians' Association of St. Louis and teaches privately. He resides in Edwardsville with his wife Jenna, and their daughters Rachel, Allegra, and Luca. Rachel also began studying violin at the age of nine. 

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Phone: 618-792-4002
Address: Alton Symphony Orchestra
PO Box 1205, Alton, IL 62002
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