Aurora Mendez

Musician, Teacher, and Artist in New York

Aurora Mendez

Musician, Teacher, and Artist in New York

Violinist born and raised in New York City. Aurora began her musical studies at the age of four with Prof. Alexander Rees (Russia) at the Bronx House School of Music. After relocating to Santiago, Chile with her family, Aurora formed part of the National Youth Orchestra Foundation of Chile for six years serving as concertmaster for the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra, and the Orquesta de Camara del Teatro Municipal, as well as substitute violinist for the Chilean National Symphony, USACH, and other professional ensembles. Aurora has performed live with popular artists such as Incubus, Americo, Natalino, Mana, Marco Antonio Solis, and others.

International tours and festivals include performances with the Chilean National Youth Orchestra, Orchestra of The Americas, Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra, Marrowstone Music Festival and the Cali Camerata. Most recently, Aurora was selected as a violin fellow by the Montclair Orchestra under the direction of David Chan (MET OperaOrchestra) as well as the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.

She has performed in master classes for Rachel Barton-Pine, Markus Stockhausen, Ingrid Zur, Pavo Jaarvi, Ida and Ani Kavafian, Martin Chalifour, Dale Clevenger and many more.

Solo engagements include the New York City premiere of Transparencia - Sonata for Violin and Piano by Jeff Scott at the Imani Winds Festival - Manhattan School of Music, and the New Jersey premiere of A Great Light by Martin Sedek with the Choral Arts Society of New Jersey.

An avid chamber musician, Aurora is a founding member of violin duo VioliNYC and the Littman Quartet; quartet in residence at NJIT. Aurora was recently featuredalongside David Chan, Quan Yuan, Dov Scheindlin, Julia Bruskin, and others for aperformance of Shostakovich’s Two Pieces for String Octet, Op.11. Aurora is also a rostered artist with Music Under New York.

A passionate advocate for music education, Aurora is a former Orchestra of the Americas Global Leader. Currently, she is on faculty at the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, Robert Treat Academy, and guest violin coach for the New Jersey Youth Symphony.

Aurora holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and a Performer's Certificate from the Cali School of Music under the tutelage of Prof. Mary Ann Mumm (MET Opera Orchestra)

  • Work
    • New Haven Symphony Orchestra
  • Education
    • Cali School of Music MSU
    • Conservatorio Nacional de Chile. Pre - College