Allion Salvador

Concertmaster

Photograph of Allion Salvador

Mr. Salvador's playing has been described as "fiery, seething with passionate fervor." Since graduating with degrees in Neurobiology and Violin Performance from the University of Washington, where he studied with Ronald Patterson, demand for him as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician has steadily grown. Most recently, he attended the Aspen Music Festival and School on scholarship to study with David Halen.

He has served as concertmaster of the Seattle Philharmonic, Pierre Monteux Festival Orchestra, University of Washington Symphony, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Sammamish Symphony Orchestra, and Northwest Mahler Festival Orchestra. He has worked with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, Aspen Opera Orchestra, Skagit Opera Orchestra, Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, Seattle Rock Orchestra, Yakima Symphony, Ensemble Tremblay Chamber Orchestra, Ars Flores, and the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Project, among others. He has founded and worked with several vibrant chamber music projects, including the modern music-focused Inverted Space Ensemble, piano trio Andromeda, Duo Formosa, and the Parnassus Project.

Equally devoted to education, Mr. Salvador has coached and conducted for the University of Washington Symphony and Campus Philharmonics, Roosevelt and Issaquah High Schools, and the UW Chamber Music Club. He has performed as a guest soloist for the University of Washington Symphony and Bainbridge Youth Orchestra, and played in masterclasses for Elmar Oliveira, Gil Shaham, Robert McDuffie, Paul Kantor, and William Preucil.

Now at the start of a promising conducting career, Mr. Salvador has held assistant conductor positions at the Seattle Philharmonic, Seattle Collaborative Orchestra and University of Washington Campus Philharmonic. In April 2015, he conducted a production of Kiss Me Kate to great acclaim, as music director of the UW Stage Notes ensemble. Mr. Salvador is the founder and music director of the Seattle Philharmonic Strings, a community orchestra promoting string repertoire and the Philharmonic organization in intimate settings. He currently studies conducting with Ludovic Morlot and Adam Stern, and teaches at AMWolf and Seattle Music House studios.

Concertmaster

The Concertmaster (from German Konzertmeister) is the principal of the first violin section. This is the musician you see walking out on stage at the beginning of the concert to initiate the orchestra’s tuning process before the conductor emerges. The Concertmaster is the liaison between the conductor and the musicians of the orchestra. When the conductor shakes the Concertmaster's hand, the conductor is acknowledging the performance of the entire orchestra.

The Concertmaster performs any of the numerous internal solos incorporated into any given piece of music (such as the famous violin solo from Scheherazade). The Concertmaster (along with other principal string musicians) normally performs additional duties such as bowings which are markings placed throughout a string player’s sheet music that indicate which direction to move the bow. This allows each section of strings to move their bows in unison and enhance the sense of phrasing the conductor wishes to use.

First Violin Section

Photograph of a violin

There are more violins in the orchestra than any other instrument. The violins are divided into two sections: the first violins and the second violins. These two sections normally play different parts during the performance of a work. The first violin section usually plays the higher part or the melody. The second violin section usually plays the lower part or the harmony. These two sections are the most important sections in the orchestra.

Strings

The strings of a modern symphony orchestra make up the largest family of instruments in the orchestra. This family is made up of five sections consisting of first violins, second violins, violas, cellos and basses.