David Mastrangelo, principal second violin, began playing the violin at the age of 8 and began studying privately when he was 12, in his hometown of Syracuse, N.Y. He attended Southern Methodist University on a full music scholarship and graduated with honors in 1990. He then attended Mannes College of Music in New York where he studied with Sally Thomas. From 1992 to 1994, he was co-concertmaster of the New World Symphony in Miami.
He joined the Naples Philharmonic in 1994 as assistant principal violin and was promoted to principal second violin in 2000.
Mastrangelo teaches at the Stringendo School for Strings at Palm Beach Atlantic University during the summer. He also creates arrangements for solo violin and string ensembles. He dedicates all recognition for his musical accomplishments to the glory of God. Mastrangelo has been a member of the Naples Philharmonic since 1994.
David Mastrangelo is underwritten by Hugh & Betty Pearson.
Name: David Mastrangelo
Hometown: Syracuse, NY
At what age did you begin playing your instrument? 8
Who have been your greatest musical influences? Itzhak Perlman and Steve Vai.
Who are your favorite composers? Bach, Mozart.
What career path would you have taken had you not chosen music? Mathematics.
What’s currently playing on your iPod or CD player? Sleep hypnosis.
Your hobbies and interests: Swimming, cycling, solo violin arrangements, taming my yard (I live in the Estates).
Some little-known, yet interesting facts about you: Nothing. What you see is what you get.
Funniest concert moment: Dancing the Macarena at a pops concert or doing the turkey calls in Turkey Lurkey Time.
Daily practice rituals: Scales, arpeggios, double stops, repeat.
The question you’re asked most often about your instrument (and your answer): “That's your actual job?” My answer: “No, I hang drywall for a living.”
Your favorite part about playing in the Naples Philharmonic: The people I work with.