D.F, C.A., FVIF
Cellist, Specialist in Fabrication, Restoration, Surveyor, Appraisal and Consulting in the Violin Family of Musical Instruments. Specialist of Musical Instruments, Bowed Instruments of the Violin Family. Documented Fellow, Violin Intercontinental Forum, Inc. I am USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) Compliant.
Continuing an extensive performance career and serving as an Orchestra Specialist for Fulton County Schools orchestra programs, and the development of the Dunwoody Camerata, the Atlanta Chamber Orchestra and serving as in-house resident artists with the High Museum of Art of Atlanta. I then decided to specialize more in restoration and making instruments, just in case I ever broke a finger and could no longer play. My colleagues followed me and trusted me with their precious instruments and bows. During my collaboration with restorers, makers and dealers, I also pursued my Appraiser Certification with my specialty being in Personal Property, Musical Instruments of the Violin Family. Through New York University on Appraisal Theory and Methodology and studies through Appraisers Association of America, I earned my Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice compliance certificate.
My inventions have arnered international attention by Strad Magazine and Strings Magazine, such as my bow hair treatment “Bow Tonic” and my instrument finish conditioner “Wood Tonic”.
With hundreds of documented restorations and with clients that include master performers that I now am honored to be able to call my friends as well, I have enjoyed residencies as Luthier in Residency with the Sarasota Music Festival since 2010, and other various festivals throughout the southeast USA as well.
Tirza Kosche Pineda, Violinist. I began playing violin at age 6 and classical ballet training at 4. Debuted in solo recital at age 12 at the world acclaimed Spivey Hall in Atlanta Georgia. Following studies with Homer Holloway, a distinguish pupil of Jascha Heifetz and Ivan Galamian, joined the Atlanta Chamber Orchestra as Concert Master from 2001 to 2005.
Now performing as duo with her husband, cellist, DaVid Pineda- Huezo. Recipient of the City of St. Augustine's Coat of Arms (2004) given to The Galatea Duo by the Honorable Mayor George Gardner for "Service to Community". Tirza manages the everyday activities of their studio “Florida Violins”, besides
demonstrating instruments, bows, and sharing historical notes of the instrument collection.
Duo partner with husband, cellist, DaVid Pineda-Huezo. Together have performed for over 400,000 patrons through out the southeast United States and abroad.
As a freelance Violinist, I have collaborated in recording and performing with renowned artists such as Collective Soul, Kansas, Sophia Darcell, Smokey Robinson, Gloria Estefan, Lenny LeBlanc, Twila Paris, The Atlanta Boy Choir and The Atlanta Chamber Orchestra. I have Toured with the Gilbert and Sullivan Players (NY Cast), Hollywood Hills Orchestra and Sigmund Romberg Orchestra. I served as the Concertmaster for the ATLANTA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, 2001-2005. Performed the duties of Concertmaster as well as Coordinator of the Educational Program. Lecturing as chamber musician with the Music of the World Chamber Series at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA.
I am a pupil of Homer Holloway, Independent Studies in Violin. Clayton State College and University, Musical Studies, 1995-1998
Now working on his 3rd Violin. Joel takes refuge from his busy business schedule at the workshop inside Florida Violins.
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Lydia Reese is a passionate musician who discovered her love for music at a young age. With 7 years of experience playing the violin and guitar, she also enjoys singing. Alongside her musical pursuits, Lydia is dedicated to becoming a certified birth doula and childbirth educator.