Eduardo M. Cedeño, Conductor
Eduardo Cedeño, holds a B.A. degree in Music and M.M. degree from Butler University Jordan College of Music in Indianapolis, IN, with post-graduate work at Boston University and additional studies in Europe. Cedeño studied conducting under the direction of the late Jackson Wiley, Music Director Emeritus of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis, and for the last several years has continued studies under world-renowned conductor, Maestro Ennio Nicotra. Cedeño studied violin under Hidetaro Suzuki, former Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He studied voice under the direction of Helena Lazarska, Professor of Music at the University of Music, Vienna, Austria and under André Aerne, Butler University. He won first prize in the International Choir Competition, Guido D’Arezzo, Italy as a Tenor member of the Schola Cantorum of Caracas.
Mr. Cedeño has performed as a conductor, soloist and collaborative artist in the United States, Europe, and South America. As a founding member of the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, Director and Conductor of the Merida Symphony Orchestra and as a Founding Member of the Philharmonic Choral Group of Caracas, he has worked with the acclaimed José Antonio Abreu, founder of El Sistema and the Orquesta Nacional Juvenil de Venezuela.
Eduardo has collaborated with numerous performing organizations including the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Opera, Charlotte Civic Orchestra, UNCC Opera and Carolina Voices, and various orchestras in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2005, he relocated to Concord, North Carolina to accept a position as Orchestra Director at Cannon School where he developed the orchestra. Ever passionate about teaching music to students, as a Founding Member of El Sistema, Cedeño continues to offer his time and talents to support outreach efforts of the organization in the community.
Mr. Cedeño is the former Conductor and Music Director of the Lake Norman Orchestra, co-founder and former President and Principal Conductor of the Cornelius Youth Orchestras in Cornelius, and founder and Principal Conductor of the Lake Norman Youth Orchestra. He served as Strings Instructor and Conductor of the Gaston School of the Arts Youth Orchestra at Gaston School of the Arts for thirteen years.
Eduardo presently serves as Conductor of the Lake Norman Philharmonic (“lkn PHIL”), Adjunct Music Faculty at Mitchell Community College in Statesville, and Band/Orchestra Director at Langtree Charter Academy Upper School in Mooresville, North Carolina.
Denys Gorski, Concertmaster - Violin
Denys Gorski-Daigle, Concertmaster, began studying violin at the age of ten and discovered her unique skill set for performing and leading early on. Music is a constant in Denys’s life. Her earliest classical influences include Mozart, Dvorak, Bach and Bartok; later, she was guided by the jazz of Armstrong, gypsy sounds of Jobim and Grappelli, and rock and roll from all decades.
Early performance highlights before age 25 include winning Principal 2nd Violinist for NYC Youth Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center (NYC). At the Curtis Institute of Music, she studied one summer under the master tutelage of the Philadelphia Orchestra (Muti). Once at Binghamton University-SUNY, Denys studied under Janet Brady (Prometheus Trio, CT) and Timothy Perry, Conductor (Cleveland Symphony), and performed with the Binghamton Symphony and Tri-Cities Opera.
A musician never stops learning. Once in NC, Denys expanded her repertoire, added studio recording to her resume, and still performs live with LKN Phil, Musically Yours, Camarata Ensembles, Fourth Creek Band, and Longleaf Trio, as well as in worship with various churches in the area.
Today, Denys lives in Charlotte with her husband Chad, Khloe (cat), and daughter, Hannah, who just made Dean’s List as a rising senior at UNC-Chapel Hill. Denys teaches violin in her private studio and believes that every violinist deserves to have a caring and passionate mentor with the opportunity to find their individual voice through community and music.