Principal Second Violin
Inoel Jirau began violin studies at age 9 with Susan Ashby, a Suzuki Method specialist. At 17 he was chosen by Maestro Luis Biava, former Principal Second Violin with the Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor of the Temple Symphony, to be the recipient of a full scholarship to attend Temple University. There, he studied with celebrated pedagogue Jascha Brodsky, obtaining a bachelor’s degree cum laude. Jirau won competitions in 1992 at the Summer Festival of the Conservatory in Puerto Rico and in 1998 with the Puerto Rico Symphony. He has participated in many festivals: Interlochen, Aspen, Encore School for Strings, Spoleto USA, Casals of Puerto Rico, Schleswig-Holstein in Germany and Verbier in Switzerland. In 1995-98, he worked closely with principals of the Berlin Philharmonic as well as prominent conductors and soloists on concert tours throughout Europe, Russia and Israel, taking him to prestigious venues such as the Philharmonie in Berlin and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In August 1995 Jirau won a position in the Puerto Rico Symphony and soon after began teaching at the Conservatory Prep. In 2004, he won his current position as Principal Second Violin of the PRSO.