Teaching Artist, Violin
Javier received his Master of Music from the University of Michigan and Bachelor of Music and Mathematics from the College of Charleston. Originally from Uruguay, he enjoys his many roles as a violinist, composer, producer, and teacher.
Javier has 12 years of experience teaching all levels in a variety of traditions including classical, rock, and American fiddle. He has guest-lectured and offered master classes at the University of Wisconsin, College of William & Mary, Sphinx Performance Academy, Montecito Music Festival, and others. In 2009, he founded Kidzymphony, a children’s orchestra program in Charleston, South Carolina, modeled after Venezuela’s El Sistema.
Over the last 6 years, he has been writing, recording and performing with his violin-and-guitar duo KOZM, described as "the most rock ’n’ roll pair of classically trained musicians working today” by 21st Century Musician. He enjoys collaborating with great artists from all genres, including hip-hop singer/producer Skylar Grey, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik, and classical crossover pianist Christopher O'Riley (NPR's From the Top). When Javier is not performing or teaching, he enjoys arranging and recording strings for artists and producers such as Blänk, Essen Hiort, and Cubeatz, as well as composing for video-games.