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Several successful New York recitals and repeated performances in major continental capitals (many sponsored by the U.S. State Department) have won violinist Raymond Sidoti the highest critical acclaim. New York Times reviewer Allen Hughes has written: “Raymond Sidoti produced an evenness of tone and reliability of intonation that made the listener comfortable from start to finish…Not surprisingly, his interpretations were products of intelligence, stylistic acuity and taste.” After a Vienna recital the critic from the Vienna Express stated: “Exquisite interpretations, with dash and temperament—always present was a wonderfully lyric tone with the power to enchant.” Following a concert in Spoleto Il Messaggero praised his “high spiritual concept of music. His are goes beyond the sphere of esthetics and touches our own humanity.”
He has performed as soloist with the Rome Radio Orchestra (RAI) and Rome Festival Orchestra in Italy. While in Rome on a Fulbright Grant, he was active in the performance of contemporary American and Italian music, frequently on European radio and television. Similar performances for the media in the United States include recorded recitals for the WQXR network, which have been broadcast throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. In past years he has been Concertmaster of the Rome Festival Orchestra, the Superior Chamber Orchestra and Missouri Symphony Society Chamber Orchestra, and has been awarded grants for the touring program of the South Dakota Arts Council.
Dr. Sidoti received his Bachelor and Master or Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music where, from an early age, he was a student of the noted concert violinist and protégé of Leopold Auer, Joseph Knitzer. Working with Pina Carmirelli (solo violinist of I Musici), he did post graduate study at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. As assistant to Robert Gerle, he earned his DMA degree from The Ohio State University where he was elected to the musical honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda and played viola in the Columbus Symphony. He has been on the faculty of Baylor University where he was chairman of the String Department, the Rome Festival Institute in Italy, Northern Michigan University where he was first violinist of the Shiras String Quartet, Stephens College, Dordt College and Capital University were he was first violinist of the Capital University String Quartet. He has conducted the Chamber Orchestra at Capital University and the Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra at Augustana College where he was Associate Professor of Violin and Viola.
Dr. Sidoti has conducted the J. Laiten Weed Honors Orchestra and conducted the Sioux Empire Youth Symphony for more than twelve years. He has been President of the South Dakota String Teachers’ Association, and is listed in Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in American Music and The International Who’s Who in Music. Associate Concertmaster of the SD Symphony for 15 years, he now plays viola in the symphony and teaches violin, viola and chamber music and conducts the chamber orchestra for DAPA at the Pavilion.