Gary Capozziello has earned his reputation as a unique performer and wide-ranging pedagogue. As a soloist and chamber musician, Gary continues to reach listeners with his distinctive musical style. Explore the site and check out his playing below.
Award-winning violinist Gary Capozziello enjoys a varied musical life as both highly versatile performer and wide-ranging pedagogue. A frequent soloist with orchestra, Gary's concerto appearances have included concerts with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the New Haven Civic, American Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Symphony, Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra, Torrington Symphony, Hartt Symphony and the Hartt Wind Ensemble. Gary is an active recitalist and guest artist, including multiple appearances at the Annual Fairfield County String Festival in Fairfield, CT, where he grew up. Gary has also performed on “The Exchange” television broadcast and benefit concerts for Music for Youth and South Shore Music Inc, and has also been featured in Hartford Magazine’s 2018 issue “Inspired: A Renaissance of Young Artists.” A passionate chamber performer, he founded the Atlas Trio in 2016, and has also performed with Daniel Phillips, Nina Tichman, Lila Brown, Katie lansdale, and numerous times with the Lions Gate Trio. Festival appearances include the Kneisel Hall Chamber Festival, Ottawa Chamberfest, the Cambridge International Music Academy (UK), Texas Music Festival, NYU String Quartet Program, Maine Chamber Music Seminar and the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy. Winner of multiple awards, scholarships and concerto competitions as a student, Gary studied at SUNY-Purchase Conservatory (B.M.), the New England Conservatory (M.M.) and at the Hartt School (DMA), studying with Laurie Smukler, Lucy Chapman, Nick Kitchen and Katie Lansdale. Dr. Capozziello is the artistic director of the International American Classical Music Festival, touring China's eastern seaboard performing concerts and teaching students in masterclasses and lessons. He is also co-founder of the Hartford Classical Music Academy, a collaborative chamber music program for international students. Gary is currently associate faculty at the Hotchkiss School and Professor of Violin at Quinnipiac University, and has given masterclasses at schools such as Boston Conservatory, SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music, and Central China Normal University. After winning positions with the Western Piedmont and the Eastern Connecticut Symphonies, Gary was appointed as a member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in 2016, and also recently joined Pegasus: The Orchestra, in New York City.
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Talcott Mountain Music Festival
Hartford Classical Music Festival
Located at the Hartt School, resident faculty work with international students on solo and chamber music repertoire
Ottawa Chamber Festival
#1000Strings Production, Carol Gimbel, artistic director; New Music III/Ottawafest: Music in the Barns Album Release, Carol Gimbel, violist / artistic director
Ode to Joy Festival
Joining the Lion's Gate Trio in Franck's Piano Quintet and other Hartt faculty in Saint Saen's Septet.
Pegasus: The Orchestra
Pegasus kicks off the season with a concert up in Stamford, NY.
Gary leads the newly formed Hotchkiss Philharmonic, a side-by-side orchestra of our most developed students with seasons professionals. All Tchaikovsky Program.
Gary teaches privately, as a frequent guest artist, and in masterclasses. While teaching traditional violin playing, he fuses his many years of training in Alexander Technique and Mindfulness practice with a holistic and integrated approach to string playing.
Tuning into your body use and playing with more fluidity, efficiency and concentration
Using mindfulness meditation as a means to open your heart and mind to your practicing and performance
Personalizing your process
It's not always a straight line to improving the many aspects of music making, so embrace the process and let phases come and go as they lead to new insights
Atlas Piano Trio
A Trans-Atlantic Ensemble
"We in the audience were all ‘rocked’ by their performances, and thank them. Three very different personalities came together as one. Gary, the all-American boy next door; Ignacy, the mellow, kind, and good-humored Slav; and Cihan, the dark and serious Turk: the diverse personalities all complemented one another to deliver a powerful and riveting concert."
- Drozdoff Society's Impromptu! Classical Recital Series
Photo Credit: Paulina Alenkina (c)