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Violinist Eddy Fabrizio Castellanos is someone whose will pushes him towards hope instead of ruin – to make the most of any situation. He did this in his youth and continues into adulthood.

Growing up in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Castellanos began studying music at the age of 6. He wanted to play the piano, inspired by his pianist cousin. Unfortunately, genetics got in the way.

When the time came to start learning, Castellanos received a revelation.

“My teacher said my hand was too short to play the piano,” he said. “So they said the violin would be better because it’s shorter. For this reason, I started to play the violin.

Castellanos learned the violin at the age of 9, and it goes without saying that he didn’t like it. Violins are considered to be one of the most difficult instruments to play as there are many factors that go into its sound.

As a beginning violinist, someone examines the intonation of the sound, makes sure you are giving acceptable bow strength, and observes your movement while learning the notes and tones your instrument can play.

The short version is that there is a lot of finesse, love and care that goes into playing the violin. Ultimately, this and the possession of his own violin led to Castellanos’ love of playing the instrument.

“The violin I had at the time came from school and was not very good. I was just starting out so it was really hard to get a good sound, ”he said, referring to the fact that he was in fourth grade at the time.

In fifth grade, his mother bought him a violin.

“It was better than I had before and I started to play a little better, to train more,” said Castellanos. “I got into sixth grade and decided that I really like – no I like – the violin. I think I can be good at playing it.

He started to set goals for himself, saying “I’m going to play this song by the end of the week.”

But it’s been a long time since.

After studying at a conservatory for five years, Castellanos began his undergraduate degree at Valdosta State University for musical performance. He plans to pursue his master’s degree, but his ultimate goal is to be a traveling artist, improve himself along the way, and just be free to play.

Along the way, he wants to help the people he meets along the way – children who try to find their way by playing the violin.

Castellanos took charge of doing this through private lessons as well as teaching the students of the South Georgia String Project. He said he wanted them to understand that they are ready to be violinists.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult as he teaches in an online setting. He hopes to teach in person again by next year.

“For music, it’s the best way, especially for strings,” said Castellanos. “We (teachers) need to hear sound and hearing through a video call is not good. “

Yet he does what he can for his students, including cultivating their love of music. Right now, during the pandemic, he said he believes music is needed more than ever.

“It is above all a passion, and music has also given me the freedom to express what I feel or what I want,” said Castellanos. “For people, it’s very rewarding. When I play, it’s not just about how I feel, but also how I make people feel.

It is about the mutual expression between the violinist and the audience. What feelings do you want to arouse in them? What do you feel? These are the concepts a violinist might think of, Castellanos said.

And it’s important not to put himself in a box, at least that’s what he doesn’t want for himself.

Castellanos said he loved classical music for its purity, but for him music is an international language. In order for musicians to improve their language proficiency, they need to stream all types of musical genres while performing, he said.

“For my shows, I play classical to folk, jazz (a little bit), rock and roll (too),” Castellanos noted. “I like to experiment with all kinds of music because different people like different kinds of music. I want to give people what they want to hear.

By knowing the place, a musician knows the audience, so Castellanos tries to tailor his performance to where he is going. He mainly plays in venues in Valdosta and Tifton, but occasionally travels to Florida to perform.

Still working on his own style, Castellanos said writing music is something he hopes to do in the future.

“I can make arrangements but not my own music yet,” he said. “It’s something I haven’t started, but maybe in a few years, it’s definitely something I want to try.”

For the moment, his goal is his diploma, his teaching and his development as a violinist.

“I want my students to see inspiration in me, so they can be more involved in music,” Castellanos said. “Then they could take that passion and make their own decisions as musicians.”

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