American violist, singer, songwriter and guitarist Arturo Ziraldo is an engaging performer who believes deeply in the power of art to change the world for the better. Mr. Ziraldo has performed across North America, Europe and Asia. He began his professional career as a violist at age 19 and has since performed with orchestras such as the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Detroit Symphony, Orquesta Filarmonica de Jalisco and the Mainzer Virtuosi with whom he recorded the Four Seasons of Vivaldi and Piazzolla as Principal Violist. In addition, Mr. Ziraldo is an avid chamber musician as has performed in the Saugatuck, Kent/Blossom, Spoleto USA, Casalmaggiore, Nancy (France) and Deer Valley festivals. He is the founder of the Heartside Harmony Chamber Music Society which presents world-class chamber music performances featuring local artists while serving the community through diverse, inclusive concerts.
Mr. Ziraldo is the Principal Violist of the Kalamazoo and West Michigan Symphony Orchestras. In addition, Mr. Ziraldo enjoys teaching and maintains a private studio as well as giving masterclasses and clinics.
Mr. Ziraldo's principal teachers were Roger Chase, Marcus Thompson and Igor Fedotov. He began his music studies on the cello at the age of ten and began studying viola in 1997. He performs on a viola by Scott Tribby in Kalamazoo, MI, 2005 and a bow by D. William Halsey, 2012.