Harris Shilakowsky

Violin, Viola, Cello, Upright Bass, PIano

  • Harris is a conservatory-trained violinist with advanced music degrees from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and a master’s degree in music performance from Yale University Graduate School of Music. He has performed in many orchestras and chamber groups including the Boston Pops and BSO, Omaha Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic. He was concertmaster (lead violinist) for Grand Rapids Symphony, New Orleans Symphony, Charleston (South Carolina) Symphony and guest leader of the London Symphony Orchestra. He was concertmaster of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. He also has performed in the pit and on stage for ballet, opera and musical theater companies around the world. He enjoys playing with others and also solo performing. He has enjoyed performing in many countries such as Portugal, France, Itally, Israel, England, Spanish Canaries, Japan, Korea, Canada and Germany and of course almost every state of the USA on tour and in residence and will share his stories and love of travel with you. 

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  • Harris’ favorite violinist is David Oistrakh and his style is influenced by the film composer and conductor John Williams, the Beatles, and many rock, jazz, classical and world music stars.

  • Harris is an experienced and patient teacher of strings (violin, viola, cello and upright bass) and piano. He was the founding director of the Foxborough Regional Charter School’s Orchestral Instrumental Program. He taught coached chamber music and taught violin at New England Conservatory’s Preparatory Department and has taught in the Easton, Worcester, Plymouth and Cambridge school departments.

  • Harris also likes organizing and conducting. He was the director of the Bristol Chamber Orchestra and also was the founding conductor of the Sharon Community Chamber Orchestra.

  • He is equally happy teaching students from very young and to seniors. He can start you off from the beginning  or coach you as you prepare for auditions. He’ll share his knowledge of how to read music and interpret it so it sounds like the ‘real thing’. If you have a favorite song or piece, he’ll be happy to help you learn how to play it.