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A group that excels in musical technique or performance of an art;
especially highly skilled musical performers.
The Virtuosi of Houston is a Premier Young Artists Chamber Orchestra. Its goal is the education and development of young talented musicians into true professionals, who would be sought after by the premier Conservatories and who would pursue a musical career as performers, educators and advocates of classical music. Virtuosi provides the opportunity for every talented youth in the Houston area, regardless of race, religion, or income to receive the best education in the field of classical music so that they are competitive in their objective to be music professionals.
As a chamber orchestra, with only 50-60 musicians, Virtuosi of Houston makes it possible for each musician to experience increased confidence, leadership, responsibility and performance skills to move their own musical ability to a higher level.
Virtuosi of Houston was formed to create a pre-professional climate and performance opportunities for Houston’s most focused young musicians (11 – 18 years of age), regardless of race, religion or financial status and to bring an expanded repertoire of chamber orchestra works to Houston audiences.
The Virtuosi of Houston season is comprised of three chamber orchestra performances. There are a total of 10 rehearsals, five weeks prior to the concert, for each of the three concerts. Our Artistic Directors and Conductors are Franz Anton Krager and Andrzej Grabiec both Professors at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston, with more than 50 years of conducting and performing experience between them. While one Maestro is conducting, the other Maestro is instructing the musicians as they are playing the correct and improved techniques on fingering, holding the instrument, pitch, sound etc. This is the true difference between our orchestra and the other youth orchestras.
The Virtuosi of Houston has two performances in the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Zilkha Hall. Here students have an opportunity to experience performing in a state-of-the-art facility as professional musicians who have completed their university studies and have achieved professional standing.
A third performance is held at our annual Legends of the Future gala dinner and concert.
The Virtuosi duos, trios and quartets are encouraged to perform all over Houston for a modest honorarium or with their compliments in malls and senior citizen homes etc.
Our vision is that someday Virtuosi alumni will return to Texas as performers, educators and arts advocates to give their expertise back to the community that helped develop them as young students.
Virtuosi musicians attend and have graduated from some of the finest music education institutions in the country and abroad, such as Julliard, New England Conservatory, Curtis, Eastman, Peabody, Northwestern, North Texas, The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and Moores School of Music of the University of Houston. Ffor the first time in our history, one of our alumni graduated from The Royal Conservatory in The Hague, the Netherlands.
January 23, 2016
The Fifteenth Annual Immanuel and Helen B. Olshan Foundation Virtuosi of Houston Concerto Competition
Small Ensemble Summer Workshop
"Virtuosi of Houston has provided an incredible opportunity for my students to grow and advance beyond the classroom. The exposure to great literature, instruction from recognized college faculty members, and the high standards of performance have enabled the students to perfect and then progress beyond the skills and training offered in school."
Houston Christian High School