Matthew Musachio

Violin Teacher

Matthew Musachio

SAA Member


Chicago, IL
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Violinist Matt Musachio enjoys a versatile music career as recitalist, chamber music collaborator, orchestral musician and teacher. A current Master of Music candidate at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts, where he studies with legendary pedagogue Almita Vamos and Cornelius Chiu, Musachio has performed in masterclasses with renowned pedagogues and performers alike, including Pamela Frank, Sibbi Bernhardssohn and Peter Zazofsky. As section leader of the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra, he has played under the baton of Matthew Halls and Jose Luis Novo, alongside renowned soprano Tamara Wilson.

During his summers, Musachio has enjoyed study at the Interlochen Violin Institute, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, High Peaks Music Festival, and National Music Festival (NMF). At NMF, he was appointed Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster, and recorded for the Naxos label Maestro Richard Rosenberg’s orchestral arrangement of Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht. Most recently in the summer of 2019, Musachio returned to Green Mountain as a student of renowned Juilliard School pedagogue I-Hao Lee.

In addition to frequent appearances in orchestral and chamber music settings, Musachio has appeared as soloist with orchestra, playing such masterworks as Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, Bach’s Double Concerto for Two Violins, and Svendsen’s Romance. Additionally, he was selected to perform for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s special 100th anniversary celebration, in collaboration with the BSO, Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras, OrchKids and legendary soloist, Joshua Bell. Musachio returned to the Meyerhoff stage as soloist with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

​Prior to transferring to UMD, he studied with Professor Marilyn McDonald at Oberlin Conservatory, as a recipient of the John Oberlin Scholarship and Conservatory Dean’s Award. He plays on a 1892 Louis Noebe violin.

As an educator, Musachio has taken on a range of students, ranging from total beginners, to adult learners, to students learning standard concert repertoire. He has served on the faculty of the Menchey School of Music in Maryland, Friends School of Baltimore and currently teaches at the Pui Tak Center in Chicago’s Chinatown. His pedagogical approach, informed by mentors Rebecca Henry, James Stern and Ann Montzka Smelser, insists on a solid technical foundation that is uninhibited by tension in the body.