Hailed as “accomplished in mechanism and style” (Buenos Aires Herald), Jeremías Sergiani Velázquez is a violinist building an intriguing musical life, with significant accomplishments that began in his home country of Argentina, and have spread to the US, Europe, and Asia. Recently graduated from The Juilliard School, he has been awarded First Prize at the Argentinian Hebrew Foundation Competition and performed Mendelssohn Concerto in three venues in Buenos Aires with the Teatro San Martín Youth National Symphony; he has won the 2013-2014 New England Conservatory Honors Ensemble Competition in two consecutive years as a member of the “Gioviale Quartet” (also winners of the 2012-2013 edition) and has performed with his quartet in collaboration with the acclaimed Borromeo Quartet, in addition to quartet recitals in Jordan Hall. He has performed at the National Sawdust in Brooklyn, New York along with violinist Miranda Cuckson. He has also performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and at the Dresden Frauenkirche in Germany with appearances on MediciTV, as well as at the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Canada, among other venues; serving as principal second violinist in several occasions. Recent engagements include a tour of Nepal as part of the “Music Sharing” International Community Engagement Program where he performed in a string quartet with acclaimed violinist Midori at the United Nations in Kathmandu, as well as in multiple refugee camps, shelters, and areas affected by the earthquake throughout Nepal. In June of 2017, the quartet will be touring Japan.
Jeremías has attended several summer programs; most recently, the Aspen Music Festival where he participated in the Finckel/Wu Han chamber music program, collaborated in chamber music performances with Robert Chen and Edgar Meyer, and was assistant principal at the Aspen Chamber Orchestra. He has also attended the Perlman Music Program, Taos School of Music, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, New York String Seminar Orchestra and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, with which he toured different halls in Europe including Konzerthaus in Berlin and other halls in Krakow, Béla Bártok National Hall in Budapest, Smetana Hall in Prague, collaborating with Cristoph Eschenbach and Ivan Fischer. This summer he will be attending the Music@Menlo International Chamber Music Program in California.
He has had masterclasses and coachings with Paul Biss, Ronald Copes, Paul Katz, Seymour Lipkin, Robert McDonald, Itzhak Perlman, Arnold Steinhardt, Roger Tapping, Donald Weilerstein, as well as members of the Borromeo, Brentano, Shanghai and Takacs Quartets.
Jeremías made his first solo appearances at the age of 10 with the Córdoba Youth Orchestra with which he toured several halls in Argentina, in addition to performing Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Córdoba National University Symphony. In 2009 he was invited to play at the inaugural concert of the “Por los Caminos del Vino” Festival, and in the inaugural concert of the 2010 Young Concert Series at Femusc Festival in Brazil where his met Miriam Fried, who encouraged him to study with her at the New England Conservatory where he received his Bachelor of Music with academic honors. While at NEC he has been one of the winners at the NEC Bales 2012 Instrument Competition. He has performed at Jordan Hall in multiple occasions with his quartet and with the New England Conservatory Philharmonia, as well as performances at the Music for Food program, dedicated to raise funds for those in need in the Greater Boston area. Jeremías recently obtained his Master of Music from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Sylvia Rosenberg and Ronald Copes. While in New York, he has performed with the Juilliard Orchestra in several occasions at the Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. He is currently studying with Sylvia Rosenberg pursuing his Professional Studies Certificate at the Manhattan School of Music.
Jeremías started playing the violin at the age of 3 in his hometown of Córdoba, Argentina where he studied with Fabricio Valvasori. When he turned 14 years of age, he started to study with Fernando Hasaj. In order to do so, Jeremías had to travel 10 hours each way to Buenos Aires by himself for lessons every two weeks. This commitment to his musical education, however, earned him an unacceptable number of absences from his local school, leading him to study intensively and pass the required exams in 14 subjects, graduating with a high school diploma at 15.
Jeremías is a recipient of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 “Fondo de Becas”, 2016 Teresa Gruneisen scholarships from the Argentine Mozarteum, the Ruth Katzman Scholarship and the Mercantil Commercebank Scholarship. He plays on a Terry Borman violin awarded to him by the Doublestop Foundation.