Aurora Mendez, Violin
Born and raised in Bronx, NY, violinist Aurora Mendez began playing on her fourth birthday, when her grandparents gifted her private lessons at the Bronx House School of Music under the tutelage of Alexander Rees. Aurora lists Beethoven's Seventh Symphony (Amsterdam, Amsterdam!) as one of her favorite works, along with Martha Argerich's 2010 live recording of Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 with David Guerrier, Gábor Takács-Nagy and the Verbier Festival Orchestra. Aurora also takes interest in modern musical composition as well. She worked alongside Jörg Widmann, whom she describes as a creative and imaginative composer, providing one of the most rewarding and unique musical experiences to date. Aurora performed a few of his works including "Con Brio", and was influenced by his stellar musicianship which shines through his extensive work as a clarinetist, composer and conductor. Aurora also enjoys cooking and reading, recently completing "How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (and Why You Should Care)" by Ross Duffin. Aurora is currently a student at Montclair State University's Cali School of Music, and member of the Vramensco Quartet (Quartet in residence at NJIT).