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 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.
Eduardo presently serves as Conductor of the Lake Norman Philharmonic (“lkn PHIL”), Strings Instructor and Conductor of the Gaston School of the Arts Youth Orchestra at Gaston School of the Arts in Gastonia, is 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
A long-time resident of Charlotte, and native of Long Island, NY, Denys began studying violin at the age of ten. At Binghamton University-SUNY, Denys studied under Janet Brady (Prometheus Trio, CT) and Timothy Perry, Conductor, Cleveland Symphony) and graduated with double majors in English Literature/Rhetoric and Music Performance. Early performance highlights before age 25 include winning Principal 2nd Violinist for NYC Youth Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center (NYC), and playing with the Binghamton Symphony and the Tri-Cities Opera (NY).
Once in NC, Denys expanded her playing repertoire to include classical, rock and folk, as well as proudly performing with local ensembles such as Musically Yours, Fourth Creek Band, Lake Norman Philharmonic, Longleaf Trio, and Kevin Brawley, as well as in worship with various churches in the area.
With her ongoing passion for making music, Denys teaches violin and beginner piano in her private studio. She encourages a mix of traditional skills, modern technique, improvisation, composition and performance. She believes that every violinist deserves to have a caring and passionate mentor and the opportunity to find their individual voice through violin and music.