Mexican-American violinist Luis Angel Salazar has toured nationally and internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. He joined the St. Petersburg String Quartet in 2014and has appeared with them in Europe, Canada and the United States. As a member of the quartet, he has performed at Music Toronto; Barge Music in New York City; the ChristophoriPiano Salon in Berlin; the Zaubersee Russian Music Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland; theSeligenstadt Festival in Germany; and many others. He has also collaborated with the Henschel, Arianna and Borealis String Quartets, pianist James Dick and Oleg Poliansky, and violinist Stefan Milenkovich.
Luis Salazar has received numerous awards and prizes from different institutions in Mexico and United States. Awarded the Chicago Opera Society Instrumental Award 2018, Luis is also a three-time 1 st prize winner of the Wolff Bing Chamber Music Competition, St. Petersburg String Quartet Concerto Competition, Wichita State University Concerto-Aria Competition, and, in Mexico, the Premio Municipal y Estatal de la Juventud, Orgullo Bajacaliforniano, and Talentos de Baja California Prizes.
Mr. Salazar has been a member of numerous ensembles in North America, including the Orquesta Infantil y Juvenil de México, Suprima Chamber Orchestra, DePaul SymphonyOrchestra, Wichita Grand Opera, and others. He recently participated in the AcademyOrchestra of the Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico, where he gave multiple recitals as soloist and with the festival ensemble.
As an educator, Mr. Salazar has taught many masterclasses and conducted youth orchestras on national and international tours. In his native town of Ensenada, Mexico, he has given masterclasses to students from institutions such as Centro de Estudios Musicales, University of Baja California, Esperanza Azteca, and REDES. In the USA, as a member of the St. Petersburg
String Quartet, he taught solfege, harmony, history and chamber music at the St. Petersburg String Quartet Summer Academy. In Canada, he has given masterclasses at the Glenn Gould
Conservatory of Music. In Chicago, Luis founded “Cuerdas Mexicanas,” a free music program dedicated to the support and well-being of the Mexican community in Chicago. Luis was a teaching artist at Kenwood Academy High School as part of the DePaul Music Community Division from 2016 to 2018.
Luis Salazar graduated with his Bachelor in Music Performance from Wichita State Universityand his Master’s in Music Performance from DePaul University.