Michael Tropepe began playing the violin at the age of five. He has performed as soloist with Giovanni Chamber Orchestra, Mainly Mozart Festival, the Symphony of the Americas, and has appeared in halls such as Alice Tully, Symphony Space, Kravis Center, and Carnegie Hall. When he was twelve, he gave his debut at the Kravis center with the Palm Beach Orchestra.
He won first prize in the Federation of Music Clubs where he was presented with the Irene Muir Memorial Award for most promising musician. The following year, Michael was the youngest first prize winner of the Harid Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition. He has worked with musicians including Andres Cardenas, Joseph Silverstein, Nadja Salerno‐Sonnenberg, Arnold Eidus, and Ruggiero Ricci. A concert review by Ruggiero Ricci stated, “Michael shows a great love for the music, combined with a beautiful tone, impeccable intonation and a unique style that sets him apart from many of the artists performing today.”
Michael is currently a concert violinist and teacher in New York City. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Mannes School of Music where he studied with Ann Setzer. He has held teaching assistantships at Brevard Music Center and was assistant teacher to Ann Setzer at Meadowmount School of Music. Michael Tropepe received his Masters degree in 2018 on a full tuition award and fellowship from Yale University
Marvette has been teaching the violin and sharing her love of music with children for over 10 years. In her youth, she began violin studies at Stevens Point Suzuki Institute and has studied with renowned faculty from Meadowmount School of Music, Bowdoin Music Festival, Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School. Marvette has held a teaching assistantship at Brevard Music Center, and taught a large studio of students of all ages and levels at the New School of Music. She also designed the violin curriculum and taught the violin class for Music Explorers program at Columbia University. As a performer, she has been an avid chamber music performer and a section violinist in the Symphony of the Americas, Atlanta Pops, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and the Naples Philharmonic.
Marvette received her Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Florida State University and her M.A. in Music and Music Education at Columbia University in 2016.