Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra Music Director
A distinguished musician, Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra Music Director Hernan Constantino has been actively involved in the San Diego classical music scene since 1990, when he moved to Southern California and became a member of the San Diego Symphony. He serves as Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra’s Music Director and Conductor of the Intermediate and Advanced Orchestras.
Mr. Constantino enjoys a three-pronged career; that of violinist, conductor and educator. As a conductor, his credits include the Oregon Coast Music Festival, Interlochen Arts Camp and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. As a violinist, Mr. Constantino has held posts with several acclaimed orchestras and respected organizations throughout the United States. He served for seven seasons as principal second violin and substitute concertmaster for the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra; and as concertmaster at the the Trump Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. He then moved to Portland, Oregon, where he was first violin of the Portland Opera Orchestra and the West Coast Chamber Orchestra, with whom he also soloed. He also served as a substitute violinist with the Oregon Symphony and became a founding member of the New Oregon String Quartet, presenting contemporary and twentieth century music. In 1988, he accepted the positions of Interim Music Director of Oregon State University Corvallis Symphony as well as violin professor, and while at the university, was a founding member of the Metolious String Quartet, Oregon State University’s quartet-in-residence. From the summers of 1995 to 2009, he served as Concertmaster of the Oregon Coast Music Festival in Coos Bay, Oregon. In 1990, Mr. Constantino joined the San Diego Symphony string section, and in 1991 served as Acting Associate Concertmaster. In addition to his post with the San Diego Symphony, Mr. Constantino also performs regularly with the San Diego Opera Orchestra.
As an educator, Mr. Constantino has previously served as a violin and chamber music instructor at the New Jersey School of Music, and currently, in addition to his work with MMYO, offers private instruction at his studio, the Solosoli Violin Studio. Prior to the formation of the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra, Mr. Constantino held the same position for the celebrated San Diego Young Artists Symphony for seven years, which merged with Mainly Mozart in May 2013.
Mr. Constantino is an active member of the Music Teachers Association of California.
Born and raised in the Philippines, Mr. Constantino was inspired to take violin lessons because of this father’s love of the instrument. He began his studies when he was eight years old under the tutelage of the late Professor Luis Valencia. At age eleven, he became a scholar of the Music Promotion Foundation of the Philippines, and at age fifteen, having recently joined the newly formed Cultural Center of the Philippines Philharmonic Orchestra, won first prize in the National Young Artists Competition, and was invited to perform for President and Mrs. Marcos. At 19, he traveled to the United States, where he studied at the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts on full scholarship. He continued his violin studies under Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang and William DePasquale; chamber music under Joseph and William DePasquale; and conducting under Joseph Primavera. He has worked with world renowned conductors such as Ricardo Muti, Eugene Ormandy,and Klaus Tensthdeth.