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Anthony DeMarco, First Violin

Tony DeMarco has been a member of the Kansas City Symphony for quite some time now, but it's been so much fun that the time seems to have flown by. (Either that or he's just getting old.) His previous professional experience includes assistant concertmaster of both the Virginia and North Carolina Symphonies, substitute for the Pittsburgh Symphony, member of the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and numerous freelance symphonies and chamber orchestras. His favorite of the latter is the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra of which he is currently co-concertmaster. DeMarco enrolled at Carnegie-Mellon University at age 15 and finished his college education at Oberlin Conservatory at 19. His principal teachers include Albert Hirtz of the Pittsburgh Symphony (who later became his step-father), Stephen Clapp, Nathan Gottschalk and Raphael Bronstein. DeMarco credits the violin, his mother Bonnie and Al Hirtz for the opportunity to travel to Asia, Europe and all around the United States, making lasting friends and playing great music with them. Best among those friends is his wonderful wife, Jeannine Elashewich. Together with sons Albert and Roman, they now reside in a Little House In Prairie Village, Kan., Somewhere Over On Rainbow. Rainbow Drive, that is...

Ten questions about me:

What year did you join the Kansas City Symphony?

1996

What is your earliest musical memory?

I remember hearing Mozart Symphony No. 40 on my Mom's turntable, and Band on the Run on the AM radio in our Pinto. I'm not sure which is earliest.

How did you choose your instrument?

Mom said "you're going to play the violin".

When did you know you watned to be a professional musician?

At age 9, which was my first year in the Three Rivers Training Orchestra in Pittsburgh.

What is your favorite thing about performing music?

Experiencing first-hand the grandest, most intellectual, most emotional, and most beautiful musical artworks ever envisioned by the mind of mankind.

What is the most challenging work for your instrument?

Paganini, no wait... Mahler. No--- Wagner. ummm Mozart. That's really a loaded question.

Other than your Kansas City Symphony concerts, where else can audiences catch you performing in town?

KC Chamber Orchestra, New Ear ensemble, possibly the next wedding you attend...

What songs/albums are in your iPod/MP3 Player/CD Player right now?

On my I-pod is the unabridged audio book of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein, as read by Rob Ingliss. Jethro Tull is on my turntable

Who is your most inspiring composer?

Let's see, in chronological order I'd say: Bach, Haydn, Prokofiev, and Gabriela Lena Frank -- Check her out.

Tell us about your family and your hobbies.

I like to make trinkets on my wood lathe like wine bottle stoppers and earring trees and turned wooden boxes. I also keep busy with handyman projects. I'm currently finishing up my kitchen renovation project. For fun I like to play with trains and slot cars with (and sometimes without) my two boys.