Violinist Regino Madrid — an active soloist, concertmaster, and chamber musician throughout the Washington DC area — is currently the Assistant Concertmaster of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra and regularly plays at the White House. His notable solo performances with “The President’s Own” include Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D and Waxman’s “Carmen Fantasie.” Mr. Madrid also currently serves as the concertmaster of the McLean Orchestra, and he occasionally plays as concertmaster for the Chesapeake Orchestra at St. Mary’s River Concert Series and the Alexandria Symphony. His solo performances with the McLean Orchestra have included Sarasate’s “Ziguenerweisen,” the Brahms “Double” Concerto for violin and cello and Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante” for violin and viola.
Mr. Madrid received his Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with David and Linda Cerone. In Cleveland, he played as concertmaster of the CIM Orchestra, played with the Canton Symphony, and founded the Desiderata Quartet. Upon graduating from CIM, Mr. Madrid won his position with “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra, where he is able to pursue his love of chamber music as well as orchestral repertoire. With “The President’s Own,” he has played for Presidents William J. Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama and their guests. Mr. Madrid’s solo performances have included Bartok’s Violin Concerto #2, Bernstein’s “Serenade” for violin and orchestra, Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” Mozart’s “Symphonie Concertante,” and Stravinsky’s “Histoire du Soldat,” in
addition to Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D and Waxman’s “Carmen Fantasie.” He became the Assistant Concertmaster of ”The President’s Own” in 2007.
Mr. Madrid regularly plays with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, National Gallery Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Teiber Trio. He has played at venues throughout the East Coast, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, the Phillips Collection, the Smithsonian, Wolf Trap, the Music Center at Strathmore, and the Verizon Center with artists such as Sarah Brightman, Rod Stewart, and Vince Gill.
Mr. Madrid was born in Manila, Philippines and began playing the violin at age 6. When he was 9, his family moved to Houston, TX where he studied with Laura Schmeider and became the concertmaster of the Houston Youth Symphony. He followed his parents to Los Angeles, CA where he concurrently attended The Hamilton High School Music Academy and The Colburn School of Performing Arts. At Hamilton, Mr. Madrid played as concertmaster of the orchestra for four years and founded the Hamilton String Quartet, which was featured in NBC’s “Good Morning America” and in the movie “Sister Act 2” starring Whoopi Goldberg and Lauryn Hill. Mr. Madrid also played with the Colburn Piano Quintet, which won the Rubinstein Grand Prize in the South Peninsula National Chamber Music competition, and toured the United Kingdom as a member of the Colburn Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Madrid has also participated in numerous music festivals such as Santa Barbara Music Academy of the West, Holland Music Sessions, Musicorda, Idyllwilde (CA), and “Soundfest” (Cape Cod) with the Colorado Quartet.