Jody Gatwood

Jody Gatwood, (B.S., The Juilliard School), Professor Emeritus. Studied with Ivan Galamian and Paul Makanowitzky at The Juilliard School, where he was awarded the Fritz Kreisler Scholarship. Additional studies at the Meadowmount School of Music and also with Josef Gingold, Wilfred Biel and Robert Oppelt. Winner of the Kosciuszko Foundation's Wieniawski Prize and a prize winner in the Montreal International Competition. During the Vietnam War served for four years in the White House Orchestra of the U. S. Marine Band ("The President's Own") providing ceremonial music for the Nixon White House. Has received critical acclaim in the United States and Europe as soloist with many orchestras, including the Pittsburgh, Houston and Phoenix symphony orchestras, and with such conductors as Andre Previn and Leonard Slatkin. Has performed on the Kennedy Center's Fortas Chamber Music Series, at the Library of Congress, Phillips Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, and The National Gallery of Art. As concertmaster (now Concertmaster Emeritus) of The National Philharmonic, has performed numerous solo works, including the world premiere of Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra by Andreas Makris. As guest artist with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, has recorded for Sony Classical and Deutsche Harmonia Mundi in chamber works by Mendelssohn, Gade, Spohr, Dotzauer, Franchomme and Servais. Starting in 1984 has performed in and helped to organize numerous "Concerts to End Hunger" to awaken public commitment to the eradication of hunger and malnutrition in the world. Cited by Yehudi Menuhin in 1991 as "an extraordinarily fine violinist and musician." Named "Teacher of the Year" in 1996 by the American String Teachers Association, Maryland/D. C. Chapter. His students have performed with major symphony orchestras and have won scholarships for study at The Curtis Institute, The Juilliard School, and The Paris Conservatory.