Michael Montero began playing the violin at age eleven in his native New York City studying with his beloved teachers Arlene Woz and Valerie Quinlan. He attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music, Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan and participated in the Manhattan School of Music preparatory division.
Mr. Montero participated, on many occasions as a soloist and chamber musician in the Young Musician’s Competition and was awarded first and second place prizes.
Mr. Montero served as the Music Director of the Auburn Chamber Orchestra in Auburn, New York. He was the former concertmaster of the Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra (Syracuse, NY) and held that post for six years. Mr. Montero was the music director of the Onondaga Youth String Ensemble, consisting of two groups of high school and middle school students, which he founded in 2005.
Mr. Montero received a BA in music from Rutgers University where he studied under Matthew Reichert.
After graduation, he studied violin repair and making with his beloved mentor, Thomas Cox of Baldwinsville, New York. Currently, Mr. Montero spends most of his time at the bench servicing clients that come from as close as the Lehigh Valley and Pocono region to as far as New York City.
When not at his bench, Mr. Montero finds himself teaching violin and viola, serving as Concermaster for the Moravian College Community Orchestra and playing weddings and other special events. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and his two daughters.
Jennifer Montero began private violin lessons at the age of five in Cranston, RI. She also began the flute in sixth grade and was later given the opportunity to play the oboe in middle school. Throughout high school, Jennifer performed in many venues including the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Rhode Island College Orchestra and the Bel Canto Opera and was selected to participate in Rhode Island's All State Orchestra all four years during high school. While studying Environmental Science at The George Washington University, Jennifer was principal oboist in the University's Wind Ensemble as a freshman and remained in that chair through her senior year. She also played violin in the University's orchestra in piccolo in the University's pep band.
Upon graduation, Jennifer worked in her field as an Environmental Consultant in Rochester, NY and then as Manager of Environmental Health and Safety at a lithium battery manufacturing plant all while maintaining her position as Concertmaster of the Brighton Symphony Orchestra. She also played oboe with the Greece Concert Band (Greece, NY) and violin with the Penfield Symphony Orchestra. After moving to Syracuse, NY where she was the Manager of Environmental, Health and Safety at a HVAC manufacturing plant, she joined the Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra where she played violin and oboe and met Mr. Montero.
In addition to music, Jennifer is a proud mom of two little girls who loves photography, cooking, DIY makeovers, and interior design.