John Madura, a native of Arden Hills, Minnesota, began studying the violin at the age of three and has been playing professionally since he was six years old.
Mr. Madura is currently the Concertmaster of the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale. Highlights of Mr. Madura’s career include winning the 2004 Texas Tech University Concerto Competition and performing the Brahms Violin Concerto with the TTU Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Gary Lewis. He was also invited to perform Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Caprock Pro Musica Chamber Ensemble in a concert celebrating the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth. The following summer, Mr. Madura was selected as a finalist in the Schlern International Music Competition taking place in Schlern, Italy. In 2008, he was invited as a member of the Permian Basin String Trio to be guest artist faculty at the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, New York.
Mr. Madura has an extensive history in orchestral performance and has been part of symphony orchestras in Midland, Lubbock, Abilene, San Angelo and Big Spring in Texas and Baton Rouge and Lafayette in Louisiana. He was also Concertmaster of the Natchez Opera Orchestra and was Assistant Concertmaster for the Abilene Opera Orchestra. Mr. Madura has performed with Chamber Music Amarillo and was invited to participate in the Quartz Mountain Music Festival Orchestra. He has performed with major artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Brad Leali, The Smothers Brothers, Mercedes Ellington, Sarah Brightman, Sandi Patty and Smokey Robinson.
Key instructors for Mr. Madura include Dr. John Gilbert at TTU, James Alexander and Kevork Mardirossian at Louisiana State University and Elizabeth Ericksen of St. Paul, Minnesota.
Mr. Madura enjoys teaching, playing the violin in both chamber and orchestral ensembles and is also an avid painter. He is also father to a little girl, Madeline Claire Madura.
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