Dr. Frank M. Boals Chair
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 with Peter Schaffer and Pacifica Quartet member Sibbi Bernhardsson. 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 Tónlistarhátíðar 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, 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 St. Louis College of Pharmacy in the Office of Institutional Advancement. He freelances in the St. Louis area and teaches privately. He resides in Edwardsville with his wife Jenna and their four children, Rachel, Allegra, Luca and Giuliana. Rachel also began studying violin at the age of nine.