Jeffery Kazukiewicz has been mentoring students of all ages and levels on violin, viola and piano for over 20 years. He has established several successful private teaching studios in MA, NH and ME where his students have excelled under his guidance, earning principal seats in the premiere New England youth orchestras and music festivals and in many chamber music performances. Mr. Kazukiewicz has worked in conjunction with donors to provide scholarships for children in need, enabling them to afford the opportunity to take private lessons. Former students of his have earned scholarships to attend Phillips Exeter Academy and continued studies in violin performance in college.
Mr. Kazukiewicz has coached ensembles, master classes and both orchestral and choral ensembles. He has taught as an adjunct strings teacher in both the Ipswich Middle School and Brooks Preparatory School and Director of Strings at York Middle School.
Mr. Kazukiewicz has performed extensively as an orchestral player, chamber musician, and soloist with ensembles such as Portland Symphony, New England String Ensemble and Boston Landmarks Orchestra to name a few. He is the founder of Wolfeboro Chamber Ensemble which had been performing an annual summer concert series from 2011 through 2014. He has appeared as a guest soloist numerous times performing the Violin Concertos of Tchaikowsky, Mozart and Bruch as well as Ravel’s Tzigane and Meditation of Thais by Jules Massenet. Mr. Kazukiewicz was guest artist in the Ludwig Diehn Series held at Old Dominion University, where he premiered and recorded the Sonata for Violin & Piano by L. Diehn. His live performances have been broadcast via WBFO Buffalo 88.7 NPR Radio and WGBH Boston 89.7 Radio.
In addition to classical music freelancing, Mr. Kazukiewicz was the violinist for the Grammy Nominated J.L. Orchestra with whom he has recorded six albums. He also worked with Steven Sondheim and Arthur Laurents, in the revival production of Do I Hear a Waltz by Rogers and Hammerstein. Mr. Kazukiewicz performed for other Broadway hits such as The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Other performances include many popular performers of past and present such as Ray Charles, Smokie Robinson, Josh Groban, Sarah Brightman and various others. Mr. Kazukiewicz has made an appearance performing the Schubert String Quintet in C Major for the movie “The Human Stain” starring Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman.
Mr. Kazukiewicz began his violin studies at the age of 7 in Buffalo, NY with Nancy Ulrich Benz and continued with Frances Bagdol Kaye and Charles Haupt from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. By age 14, he was awarded City Proclamation award for “Highest Commitment to the Arts.” He continued his violin studies with Pamela Gearhart and Debra Moree, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance from Ithaca College under full scholarship. Mr. Kazukiewicz became teaching assistant to Alan Bodman at the University of Akron, earning his Master’s Degree with a teaching and performing assistantship as the first violinist of the Marini String Quartet.