Aurora Mendez

Professional Violinist, Teacher, and Web3 Consultant in New York

Aurora Mendez

Professional Violinist, Teacher, and Web3 Consultant in New York

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Aurora is a violinist, educator, and Web3 consultant based in the greater NYC area.

Music Bio:

Aurora is a member of the APEX Ensemble under the direction of Maestro David Chan (MET Opera Orchestra Concertmaster), New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and the Latin Orchestra of Europe (Frankfurt, Germany).

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 a substitute violinist for the Chilean National Symphony, USACH, and other professional ensembles.

Aurora has performed live with popular artists such as Sarah Mclachlan, Incubus, Americo, Natalino, Mana, Marco Antonio Solis, and others.

International engagements and festivals include tours with the Orchestra of the Americas, Spoleto, Schleswig Holstein, Marrowstone, Monteaux, and the Nextfest Music Festivals.

She has performed in masterclasses for Rachel Barton-Pine, Markus Stockhausen, Ingrid Zur, Pavo Jaarvi, 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 (June 2018), and the New Jersey premiere of “A Great Light” by Martin Sedek with the Choral Arts Society of New Jersey (2017).

A passionate advocate for music education, Aurora has taught extensively across the US and the Americas as an Orchestra of the Americas Global Leader Fellow, serving as lead violin faculty for residencies in El Salvador, Washington, DC, and Chicago, Illinois.

Currently, she is the lead teaching fellow with the SOPAC Instrumental Residency in South Orange, NJ, violin faculty at Music Mentors Collaborative NYC, and a guest violin coach for the New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestra program.

Aurora has worked with leading NFT projects as their community manager, strategist, and communications director.

An educator by nature, Aurora focuses her work on bridging the gap between musicians and Web3 through dedicated and curated content. Her speaking engagements include the Karajan Music Tech Academy, Podcasts, and IRL events.

  • Work
    • New Haven Symphony Orchestra
  • Education
    • Cornell University
    • Cali School of Music MSU
    • Conservatorio Nacional de la U. de Chile