Viera teen takes violin talent to international music fest
This month, Suntree 16-year-old Jade Alvarez-Lauto will travel to Italy to compete in the Orfeo Music Festival, an annual international classical music event. She will play Édouard Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole on violin.
Alvarez-Lauto has been studying violin for 10 years and is currently a student of Dr. Alvaro Gomez. She travels one afternoon every week to DeLand for her weekly lesson and travels to Winter Park another day to participate in Gomez’s Winter Park Chamber Music Academy. She is also part of the Central Florida Community Arts Youth Orchestra.
In this area, Alvarez-Lauto volunteers her time to Music MDs — a group of musicians who visit patients in local hospitals and health care facilities to lift their spirits through song. She dedicates two or three afternoons every month to the organization.
“I feel really rewarded when I play for patients, especially when I can tell it is bringing them some joy,” Alvarez-Lauto said.
She has always considered violin playing a passion, but Alvarez-Lauto is now shifting her focus to making it a lifelong career. She has begun homeschooling in order to meet the demands of her playing schedule, and is dual-enrolled at Eastern Florida State College. There, she is enrolled in basic freshman composition, music theory and sight singing courses. Alvarez-Lauto hopes that her playing takes her to a large urban area within the next few years.
“I’d love to end up in a large, cultural area like Boston or New York,” she said.
In addition to loving music, Alvarez-Lauto is a history buff. Along with her younger sister and parents, she will visit some of Europe’s most famous historical sights during the five-week trip that sandwiches the Orfeo Music Festival dates.
“My husband and I are incredibly proud of Jade. Although music has always been second nature to her, in the last couple of years, we have seen her develop a discipline and focus we didn’t know was in her,” said Blair Alvarez, Jade’s mother. “Participating in a festival like Orfeo is a wonderful way to see all that hard work pay off.”