UTSA student performs with renowned violinist
By Ashley Harris
Public Affairs Specialist
(May 4, 2007)--UTSA sophomore Kevin Mendoza performed May 3 in the San Antonio Symphony's Russell Hill Rogers String Residency master class with renowned violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. Mendoza was one of only three students selected for the honor.
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A native of San Antonio and graduate of Highlands High School, Mendoza began playing the violin in the sixth grade. He studied with San Antonio Symphony violinists Sarah Cote, Suzy Perelman, Bassam Nashawait and Stephanie Teply. Mendoza aslso serves as concertmaster for the UTSA Orchestra and the UTSA Chamber Orchestra.
"This is a tremendous honor for Kevin," said Eugene Dowdy, UTSA associate professor and chair of the Department of Music. "To be able to participate in a class with and learn from one of the finest violinists in the world is an amazing accomplishment for any student. We are thrilled that he will have this opportunity."
Recognized as one of the preeminent violinists of our time, Nadja Salreno-Sonnenberg is the youngest recipient of the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition. A musician, author and teacher, she has performed at the White House and recorded and collaborated with artists such as Mandy Patinkin, Joe Jackson and Judy Blazer.