Travis Rapoza, violin
Travis Rapoza began playing the violin at age 10 through the Fairhaven Public School System's renewal of their string program under Keri Benson. Three years after lessons with Mrs. Benson, he studied with the late Robert Brink, former teacher at the New England Conservatory until the age of 17. Unlike most of his musical peers, he decided to pursue three undergraduate degrees at Brandeis University in French, Political Science, and International and Global Studies. Following his completion of these degrees, he bridged the gap of not attending a conservatory by studying under James Buswell, world-renowned violin soloist and teacher of 30 years at the New England Conservatory.
He has since played with the New Bedford Symphony, the Phoenix Orchestra, the Atlantic Symphony, Indian Hill Symphony, Cape Cod Symphony, among others in venues stretching from the Zeiterion to Boston's Symphony Hall. In addition recording the scores to multiple movies, video games, and Netflix shows in Boston's recording studios at WGBH, Travis regularly plays many solo recitals and chamber music concerts in the Boston area.
Beyond simply performing, Travis is also vested in teaching and spreading music to the younger generation which he is able to do by playing in a chamber music trio for the New Bedford Symphony's "Learning in Concert" series. Through this series, he travels to 60 schools all around the South Coast to perform an integrated learning lesson combining music and science. He plays on a Douglas Cox violin, kindly loaned to him by Daniel Stepner.