Don Liuzzi was born and raised in Weymouth, Massachusetts, and completed high school in Philadelphia at the Franklin Learning Center. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan and his Master of Music degree from Temple University. His primary teachers were Alan Abel, Charles Owen, and John Soroka.
Before joining The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1989, Mr. Liuzzi was a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony percussion section from 1982 to 1989. While in Pittsburgh he taught percussion and conducted the percussion ensemble at Duquesne University, was assistant conductor of the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra, and appeared on PBS' nationally syndicated Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, performing marimba and percussion solos.
Beyond his over 60 commercial recordings as principal timpani of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Liuzzi can be heard on several Decca releases with Seiji Ozawa's Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra, with which he has been a guest timpanist for five seasons. As a former percussionist with the Network for New Music, and also for area composers, he has recorded contemporary chamber works for the CRI, Crystal, and Albany labels. His percussion solo and chamber CD release from 2012, Movement in Time (Equilibrium), is volume I of the Philadelphia Percussion Project. This first volume features music by Maurice Wright, Maurice Rissman, and William Kraft. Volume II, Zones, was released in May 2015 and is a Philadelphia Orchestra percussion group (POPG) recording featuring Jennifer Higdon's Zones, as well as six other world premiere recordings including his own composition, Seoul Spirit. A participating musician in the documentary film Music from the Inside Out (2005), Mr. Liuzzi also served as the film's coordinating producer and was integral in helping develop the accompanying middle school teaching curriculum published by Alfred Books. The feature length film by Anker Productions, which features The Philadelphia Orchestra, was re-released digitally on iTunes in June 2013 and is also available on Netflix. Mr. Liuzzi's other electronic media activity (under his company name of Beat the Drum Entertainment, Inc.) has included two other CD projects with the DePue Brothers Band: performing drums and singing, and executive producing Weapons of Grass Construction and their latest album, When It's Christmas Time, released in December 2013.
Mr. Liuzzi has given master classes at most major music schools throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Korea, Japan, and China. He has been a percussion and timpani coach at the National Orchestral Institute, the New World Symphony, the Pacific Music Festival, the Canton International Summer Music Academy, the Lindenbaum Music Festival (in Korea), the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and the National Youth Orchestra USA run by Carnegie Hall. He joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in January 1994. He has also held faculty positions at Rowan University and guest faculty status at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Liuzzi just completed 10 years as music director of the Philadelphia All City High School Orchestra, and is founding conductor of the Curtis Institute's 20-21 New Music Ensemble.
Mr. Liuzzi's early orchestral experience included the Flint Symphony, the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra, and the Colorado Philharmonic. He has also played in the Spoleto Festival Orchestra for three seasons and was a Tanglewood Fellow in 1980. In July 1996 he made his solo debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, and his subscription solo debut in January 1998. Having consulted with Yamaha for over 15 years on the development of professional timpani, he is now a Yamaha performing artist, with a highly-regarded YouTube solo appearance and interview through his Yamaha affiliation. He is married with two adult daughters.
Paul Roby’s first lessons were from his parents, a violinist and an oboist. His early studies continued with Mary Crowder-Hess and Roman Totenberg, students of Ivan Galamian and Carl Flesch, respectively. At the age of 16 Mr. Roby was accepted into the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied violin with Yumi Ninomiya Scott and Jascha Brodsky, members of the Curtis Quartet. Immediately after graduation from Curtis, Mr. Roby won a position with the Baltimore Symphony under David Zinman and soon after became a member of the National Symphony under Mstislav Rostropovich. In 1991 Mr. Roby became a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra under Riccardo Muti and in November 2000 was named associate principal second violin.
Mr. Roby made his solo debut at age 12 with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and has since won such prizes as the best Wieniawski Polonaise Prize at the Wieniawski-Lipinski Competition in Lublin, Poland, and the Davidoff Prize for Outstanding Artistry at the 1989 Schleswig-Holstein Festival. As a founding member of the Salzau Quartet, Mr. Roby played a command performance for German President Weizäcker at his official residence.
Scott joined the Main Line Symphony in 2016, and along with William Einhorn, was appointed assistant conductor with the orchestra beginning with the 2018-19 season. Scott is principal trombonist with the New Holland Band, and the Chester County Pops Orchestra, and is active as a trombonist in regional ensembles including Orchestra Concordia, Allegro Orchestra Lancaster, and the Lancaster Brass Quintet.
Scott is the Associate Conductor of the Pennsylvania Symphonic Winds, has served as co-director of the Chester County Youth Wind Ensemble, and has conducted the Chester County Pops Orchestra as well as the Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, and Concert Band at West Chester University.
Scott earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music education from West Chester University in 2001, and 2009. He earned a second Masters degree at WCU in music performance in wind conducting in 2015. He has since attended master classes in wind conducting at Temple University and West Chester University, working with conductors Dr. Andrew Yozviak, Dr. Gregory Martin, Dr. Kevin Sedatole, H. Robert Reynolds, Dr. Emily Threinen, Col. Arnald Gabriel (ret) and Michael Haithcock.
Scott Cullen teaches instrumental music for grades 7 through 12 for the Octorara Area School District. Mr. Cullen joined the music department at Octorara in 2002 and teaches high school music electives such as guitar, piano, music theory, and music appreciation, in addition to teaching middle school band, high school band, high school marching band, and high school jazz band.
William Einhorn joined the Main Line Symphony in the Spring of 2011 and has served as Principal Violist since the start of the 2011-2012 season. In 2018, along with Scott Cullen, he was appointed Assistant Conductor. As a violist, William has been performing for over 25 years. He is a frequent guest performer with the First Presbyterian Church of Pottstown and the Chester County Pops Orchestra. He also directs the Kimberton Summer Arts Orchestra as well in Phoenixville, PA.
William is originally from Cherry Hill, NJ. He began his viola studies in 1992 and attended West Chester University where he graduated in 2006 with honors with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. He earned his Master's Degree in Orchestral Conducting from Messiah University in 2021. William has studied orchestral conducting with Dr. Ovidiu Marinescu of West Chester University, Dr. Peter Boonshaft of Hofstra University, and David Hayes of Mannes College, and most recently Dr. Timothy Dixon of Messiah University
Mr. Einhorn is the Orchestra Director for the Pottsgrove School District for grades 6-12. His current responsibilities include directing the Pottsgrove Middle and High School Orchestras as well as teaching string lessons. He also conducts smaller chamber ensembles at Pottsgrove High School and the pit orchestra for the High School Musical.
Outside of music, he is devoted to his wife Wendy, daughter Elizabeth, and his cat Moe. William is also a lifelong dedicated Philadelphia sports fan. In his spare time, he enjoys playing cards with friends and golfing.
Mr. Einhorn's professional organization affiliations include the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, and the National Association for Music Education.
**Principal *Associate Concert Leader +Bridging the Gap Fellow
Together with his widow, Kumi Murashima, we mourn the loss of our good friend and colleague Red Winzer, a member of the MLSO and its board for many decades. Artist/Bassist Clif Anderson, his section mate for many years, memorialized him in this painting. Below is Clif’s tribute to Red, addressed to Kumi:
Red was a warrior and a champion to me. His fortitude to stand up for what was right demanded that I pay attention. I've had so many memorable moments with Red and they all stand out: being in the bass section with him, having a beer with him after rehearsal, dinning out with you and him, visiting with the two of you at your home and condominium in Hawaii, and as you will see in the photos that will follow shortly, our relationship was personal.
Red was instrumental in getting me back to the Delaware County Symphony which I had ties with going back over three decades when we were in residence at the Delaware County Community College. When the funds were not available to give me a stipend for performing, Red used his own funds to pay my remuneration. He thought it important to have a strong bass section(at least four) and his respect for my playing and participation over the years was not to be ignored.
The Main Line Symphony was deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing in early 2019 of our friend, viola section member, and board secretary Jennifer Grace Voiner. Jennifer was a friend to everyone in the orchestra. She brought her smile and positivity to every rehearsal and concert. She was especially beloved by the members of her section and she will be deeply missed by the entire orchestra.
Jennifer's family has requested that donations be made in Jeni‘s name to Main Line Symphony Orchestra.
Donations may be addressed to:
Jennifer Grace Voiner Artistic Oppurtunity Fund
Main Line Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 1521
Southeastern, PA 19399-1521