Violinist Miguel Aguirre is a native of Southern California with a variety of experiences in performing and teaching. He first began his studies with the late Victoria Shapiro before continuing his training and education with a full scholarship at Cal State Northridge and a fellowship at the University of California Los Angeles. He graduated CSU Northridge with a Bachelor of Music with Latin Honors and University of California Los Angeles with a Master’s in Music with Latin Honors. His previous teachers include Michael Ferril, Todor Pelev, Movses Pogossian and Guillaume Sutre. He is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the University of Redlands and is a student of Artist Professor of Violin Jeanne Skrocki.
As a seasoned orchestral player, he has been section violinist in the American Youth Symphony under Alexander Treger as well as Co-Concertmaster of the University Symphony at Northridge and concertmaster of the International Virginia Waring Piano Competition and Riverside Opera Institute. He is currently a section violinist at Corona Symphony Orchestra and Concertmaster of the University of Redlands Orchestra. Through his various orchestral experiences, he has been able to collaborate with artists such as Chris Botti, Natalie Cole, David Newman, Alan Sylvestri, and Lynn Harrell.
In addition to his various orchestral experiences, Miguel has also been the recipient of various awards and competitions such as the Music Department Achievement Award, Manuel Compinsky Scholarship, and the winner of the annual Concerto Competition at Cal State Northridge where he performed Barber’s Violin Concerto under John Roscigno. He has also played in various masterclasses including for Robert Lipsett and Jacques Israelivitch.
Aside from his numerous accomplishments in performance and orchestral playing, Miguel also has a passion for teaching violin and chamber music. In a short residency period in Northern California at the U Music School in Fremont, he coached various chamber groups who have gone on to win local competitions in the area.