ABOUT THE TEACHER
Luke Santonastaso works as a musician, educator, and mentor throughout the United States. He currently performs as a section member of the Santa Cruz Symphony, Sarasota Opera Orchestra, and the unconducted chamber orchestra One Found Sound. He regularly performs with orchestras across the west coast such as the New West Symphony, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Reno Philharmonic, Symphony Silicon Valley, and the Fresno Philharmonic, among others.
As part of numerous chamber music and masterclass events, Luke has performed alongside world class artists such as Midori Goto, Maxim Vengerov, Osmo Vänskä, Lynn Harrell, Gilbert Kalish, Kim Kashkashian, and Augustine Hadelich. He has also received fellowships with the National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, and Incontri in Terra di Siena music festivals. Luke is passionate about educating young musicians in his private studio and has worked with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, the Crowden School, and the Santa Monica Youth Orchestra as a coach and private instructor. He holds degrees from the Herb Alpert School of Music where he studied with Movses Pogossian and Guillaume Sutre of the Ysaÿe string quartet. While not wielding a bow, Luke enjoys technology, great food, and caring for his cats.
University of California - Los Angeles, Herb Alpert School of Music
Master of Music
Bachelor of Arts, Music