Ayrton Pisco

Ayrton Pisco performs “with aplomb, displaying a spirited line, crystalline and deftly defined” (San Diego Story) and has been heard around the world in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Copley Symphony Hall, Koerner Hall (Canada), Stadthalle Bayreuth (Germany) and Sala São Paulo (Brazil). Mr. Pisco is a first prize winner of the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus’ Young Artists Competition, the Kersulis Memorial Endowment Scholarship Auditions, the Grossmont Music Scholarship Council Competition and the San Diego University Concerto Competition, and has also been awarded at the Musical Merit Foundation Scholarship Auditions, the University of Southern California’s Solo Bach Competition, the Música no Museu Young Musicians Competition, the Francisco Mignone String Competition and the Paulo Bosísio String Competition. Festival appearances include the New York String Orchestra Seminar, the Aspen Music Festival, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Orchestra of the Americas and the Festival Junger Künstler Bayreuth (Germany). Additionally, he has performed in masterclasses for renowned artists such as Midori Goto, Gil Shaham, Miriam Fried and Shmuel Ashkenasi. As an orchestra musician, Mr. Pisco has performed with ensembles such as The Philadelphia Orchestra, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and The Philly Pops, and under the batons of Michael Tilson Thomas, Marin Alsop, Stéphane Denève, Carl St. Clair, Rossen Milanov and Hugh Wolff. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with esteemed artists such as Anthony McGill and Marina Thibeault and been featured on the WQXR and KUSC radio stations. As an educator, Mr. Pisco has served as a teaching artist for Yale University’s Music in Schools Initiative, coached strings for the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, acted as a teaching assistant for San Diego State University’s Community Music School and taught privately for over a decade. In addition to classical music, Mr. Pisco also performs in genres such as jazz, tango, bossa nova, choro, mariachi and others. He has collaborated with groups such as Trio Gadjo and Besos de Coco and participated in shows in spaces such as House of Blues San Diego, Broomfield Auditorium in Colorado and Clube da Bossa Nova in Brasilia, Brazil. Mr. Pisco holds a Master of Music degree from Yale University, a Graduate Certificate from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Music in Performance from San Diego State University. His principal teachers include Ani Kavafian, Margaret Batjer, Pei-Chun Tsai and his father, Ayrton Macedo Pisco