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Virtuosi of Houston is saddened to deliver sad news to our Virtuosi family and friends about the loss of one of our treasured young musicians – violinist Jonas Gibson.
Jonas passed on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the age of 16. He lived with his family in Nederland, Texas, east of Houston. He joined Virtuosi of Houston more than six years ago with his older brother Daniel (now an alumni).
He began playing the violin at the age of 3 and also played the piano. Jonas attended Interlochen Arts Camp in the summer of 2008 where he was placed in the Junior Advanced String Program. He also attended American Festival for the Arts in 2011 and New England Music Camp in 2012. Jonas was named by the Symphony League of Beaumont as the Outstanding Young Performer in 2005 and 2007, and Outstanding Performer in 2012 at their annual String Competition. He was also named the Region X Junior High Orchestra concertmaster for 2009, 2010, and 2011 and made Texas All-State Orchestra in 2013. He and his brother Daniel won 1st place in the 2012 Virtuosi of Houston Concerto Competition.
Jonas will be sadly missed by his parents, siblings, fellow Virtuosi orchestra members, staff, volunteers, parents and supporters.
Please keep Jonas, the Gibson family and Virtuosi of Houston in your thoughts and prayers. We will provide an update on funeral arrangements.
Virtuosi of Houston is a program unlike any other fine arts program for young musicians in the country. A 501(c) 3 organization, Virtuosi was formed in 1996 to increase education and performance opportunities leading to a music profession for Houston’s exceptionally gifted middle to high school age musicians and to bring an expanded repertoire of chamber works to Houston audiences. The chamber group is smaller (55) than a typical symphony orchestra, allowing these exceptional musicians to experience increased confidence, leadership, responsibility and skill through individual attention from two world-class conductors. Leadership is provided by Franz Anton Krager, Professor of Conducting and Director of Orchestras, and Andrzej Grabiec, Professor of Violin, both faculty members at the University of Houston, Moores School of Music, and artistic directors and conductors of the Virtuosi of Houston. Virtuosi of Houston gives students the foundation and skills they need for their future in a career in music. Our vision is that someday they will return to Texas as performers, educators, and arts advocates to give their expertise back to the community that helped develop them as young artists.
Virtuosi of Houston is still accepting applications for the 2013-2014 season. Please click here for more information.
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Saturday, April 5, 2014, 7:30pm
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Zilkha Hall