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CLEVELAND A. CHANDLER, JR.
Cleveland Chandler, Jr. served in The United States Air Force Band performing as premier violinist in numerous high-protocol and community events for 24 years. Also, he has played in festivals and ensembles around the world, such as the Spoleto Festival in Italy and Pacific Music Festival in Japan. Education includes a Bachelor’s degree from Peabody Conservatory and a Master’s degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music. Additionally, Mr. Chandler has studied chamber music with the Emerson & Juilliard String Quartets, studied at the Mark O'Connor String Seminar at the Berklee College of Music, Aspen Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, Pacific Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA and the Johannesen International School of the Arts in Victoria, Canada.
Mr. Chandler has been featured as soloist at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall many other notable venues. He has performed with the Cabrillo Music Festival Orchestra with conductor Marin Alsop, the Akron Symphony and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Chandler has also performed for Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Congressmen, Ambassadors, Governors, Mayors and many more dignitaries and celebrities. He was also invited to perform for Mrs. Pamela Bridgewater, the American Ambassador to Jamaica in Kingston.
Additionally, Mr. Chandler performs on a 1912 Hannibal Fagnola, bequeathed to him from Mr. Bruce Wade, former violinist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He and his colleague, Robin Massie, were selected as first place winners of the inaugural Misbin Family Memorial Chamber Music Competition. He was also a featured Guest Artist at Indiana University at South Bend for the “Lift Every Voice” Concert.
Recently, Mr. Chandler performed in the Gateways Music Festival Orchestra debut in Carnegie Hall, as well as Kodak Hall. He also regularly performs in the National Philharmonic, the Maryland Symphony the Colour of Music Festival and the Soulful Symphony.
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