Artist Spotlight: David Mastrangelo, Naples Premier Violinist

Updated: Oct 30

“Play skillfully, and shout for joy!” Psalm 33:3


Passion and praise flow through the fingers and instrument of accomplished musician, David Mastrangelo, who plays to the glory of God, inspiring countless hearts for over 30 years.

David Mastrangelo became a Christian after watching a Billy Graham crusade with his parents when he was 5 years old. He began playing the violin at the age of 8 and began studying privately at 12 in Syracuse, N.Y., his hometown. He attended Southern Methodist University on a full music scholarship and graduated with honors in1990. While there, Dave studied with Emanuel Borok and was the concertmaster of the orchestra under Ansel Brusilow. He then attended Mannes College of Music in New York, where he studied with Sally Thomas. From 1992 to 1994 he played in the New World Symphony, where he was co-concertmaster under the batons of Eduardo Mata, Hugh Wolff, Lawrence Foster, Barry Tuckwell, and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others.

Art is inherently transcendent, so that part of music-making has to be acknowledged and used as best we can to bring people joy. One of my great hopes is that despite all of the terrible things that have happened during this pandemic, people will realize how much live music brings into their lives and will come back out to hear it quickly once performances resume.

Mastrangelo is a participant in SCA’s artist community groups that are impacting artists around the globe. He says,

“Storytellers brings together artists from various disciplines, who all share a common faith in Jesus. I have found a supportive community both to pray with and to pray for others. It gives a unique perspective on how everyone has been affected by this pandemic and the lock-downs imposed, and how we all need prayer.”

In 1994 he became the Assistant Principal violin with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2000, won the position of Principal Second violin. Since that time, he has appeared as a soloist with the orchestra and has performed in numerous chamber music concerts. Mastrangelo taught the high school string program at First Baptist Academy for eight years and has been a regular chamber music coach for the Philharmonic Youth Orchestra since 2015. He dedicates all recognition for his musical accomplishments to the glory of God.


Listen to Dave play the theme song of Schindler's List.


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