Praised by the Santa Barbara Daily Sound for his “moving” and “hypnotic” performances, violinist John Irrera is quickly becoming known as an accomplished solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. As a soloist, John has performed throughout the U.S, Central America, and Europe at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Spivey Hall, and Lincoln Center. Additionally, John has been the featured soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Georgia Symphony, and Penfield Symphony Orchestras.
He co-founded (with his brother Joseph) the Irrera Brothers Violin and Piano Duo which has performed throughout North America, Latin America, and Europe. Currently, the duo is in a multi-year recording project of compositions for violin and piano by composer Robert Morris. To be included on the album is the work “Drawn Onward-Fantasy for Violin and Piano” written specifically for the duo, and premiered in 2014. Other released albums include music by Prokofiev, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and others. Additional chamber music collaborations have involved members of the Dallas Symphony, the Ying Quartet, and the renowned Eastman School of Music Professor--the late Zvi Zeitlin.
As an active orchestral musician, John has performed with the New World Symphony, Charleston Symphony, and with the Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble at Lincoln Center.
Currently, John resides in Blacksburg, VA and is the violin and viola instructor at Virginia Tech and at Roanoke College. John is also on the artist roster of Parker Artists Management Group.