Romulo Benavides began his career in Caracas, Venezuela under the tutelage of Emil Friedman and later at The Juilliard School with Dorothy DeLay and Naoko Tanaka, where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance. Mr. Benavides worked towards a Masters Degree in Violin Performance at Brooklyn College where he performed master classes for such celebrated violinists as Itzhak Perlman. 1st prize winner of the Juan Bautista Plaza violin competition, Mr. Benavides has won many distinguished awards and scholarships from prestigious institutions such as the Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho, and the Aspen Music School. Mr. Benavides has appeared as soloist with the Simon Bolivar Symphony, the Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra, the Carabobo Chamber Orchestra, and has performed for the Aspen Music Festival’s Starling Recital Series. His performances have been broadcast on Venezuelan National Television and radio. As a chamber musician, Romulo has performed with the Caracas Virtuosi and has toured Europe, North America and Latin America. Romulo performs regularly with ensembles devoted to 20th century Latin American music, such as the Carpentier Quartet and the Ensemble America of which he is a founding member. A Tango enthusiast, Mr. Benavides keeps a regular performance schedule with New York City ensembles such as the Tango Porteno with pianist Mauricio Najt and the Frank Valiente Quintet, with whom he has made several recordings. Romulo is currently the concertmaster for the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, performs regularly with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, and is a faculty member of the Long Island Conservatory.