Luke Pisani – 2nd Prize Young Artist 2021

American violinist, Luke Pisani (16) is a junior at Hilton High School in Rochester, NY.  Luke studies violin with Shannon Nance, Assistant Concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.  Luke played with the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra for six seasons and served as concertmaster, conducting apprentice, and twice won the concerto competition.  For several years, Luke has been a part of Hochstein’s scholarship string quartet coached by Aika Ito, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.  

Luke has several accomplishments on the violin which include: NYSMTA Past-Presidents’ High School Instrumental Winner, The Rochester Philharmonic League Strings Division Winner, The David Hochstein Recital Competition Winner, Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Winner, MCSMA High School All-County Orchestra concertmaster, and New York All-State Symphonic Orchestra member. His string quartet, The Saturday Quartet, won the 2021 Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music Competition and was a finalist in the Coltman Chamber Music Competition.

In addition to his violin studies, Luke is a member of the National Honor Society at Hilton High School and plays on the varsity basketball team. He also plays piano in his school’s jazz band and in the Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra.