Since his arrival in the US from his native country of Venezuela, Juan Jaramillo has established himself as a prominent violinist in a variety of music scenes around the country. A product of the internationally famous “El Sistema” orchestral program that started in Venezuela, Juan is proud to be an advocate of such distinctive musical roots with his performances and outreach.
Mr. Jaramillo has played with many premier musical ensembles including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Opera, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and many more. Juan has also performed as Acting Associate Concertmaster and Assistant Principal Second of the Britt Music Festival.
Currently, he is the Principal Second of the Wheeling Symphony and first violinist for the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestras, as well as the Sarasota Opera. Juan is also in his second year as the Artist-in-Residence at St. Matthews Church in Wheeling, WV, where he is the coordinator and performer of the “Chamber Music Project 2012”. Mr. Jaramillo has also performed extensively in solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States, Mexico, Colombia, and Venezuela. In addition he is one of the violinists for the “Cuarteto Rustico” that focus its performances in promulgating the Latin-American quartet repertoire.
Mr. Jaramillo, who enjoys a multi-faceted career, can also be seen on several TV PBS specials such as Doo Wop, Soul, Country, Rock and Disco and the Jackie Evancho Dream with Me special. Juan has shared the stage with such International artists as Smokey Robinson, Ray Charles, Chris Botti, Bernadette Peters, Vince Gill, The Moody Blues, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Ray Price, Manheim Steam Roller, The Manhattan Transfer, and Marvin Hamlisch, to name a few.
Mr. Jaramillo has also enjoyed international travel through several summer festivals such as San Miguel de Allende Chamber Music Festival (Mexico), Latinoamerican Quartet Seminar(Venezuela), Deep Creek Summer Festival, Sunflower Music Festival, Britt Festival, Lancaster Festival and Des Moines Metro Opera (USA).
Juan received his Bachelor’s Degree and Artist Diploma from Duquesne University, and also earned a Master’s Degree from Penn State University. His primary teachers include: Sidney Harth, Charles Stegeman and James Lyon. During his studies, Juan won the concerto competition at both schools, performing the Khachaturian and Sibelius concertos.
When he is not performing, rehearsing, teaching, or practicing, Juan enjoys running, cooking, and the movies.