Hailing from New York, Paul Virgilio moved to Des Moines, Iowa in 2009 to study cello with Dr. Ashley Sandor-Sidon at Drake University. In that time, Paul has grown his career in the Greater Des Moines area through various orchestral engagements, work with Quartet 515 (of which he is a founding member), and solo/chamber projects.
Member of the Orchestra since
Most memorable experience with the Orchestra
If I’m being perfectly honest, one of my more vivid memories was a misstep back in 2016. During a rehearsal of Poulenc’s Organ Concerto, I miscounted and played a big solo F sharp. The way I remember it, it was the loudest note I’ve played in my entire life! I was saved from my sinking feeling of shame by Maestro Giunta. He laughed and exclaimed, “Great tone, though!”
How I got started playing my instrument
When I was in elementary school, my classmates and I were given a sheet with different instruments on it and asked to pick two that we would want to learn. The cello was actually my second choice -- my first was the French horn! I wound up being given a cello instead. That was probably for the best!
As long as they create from a place of sincerity, I truly feel that there is something to appreciate in the work of every artist. With that said, I've always enjoyed Prokofiev.
Favorite solo piece
A classic: Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 in G major
I enjoy cooking, reading, and spending time with friends.
Other than classical music _____ is on my iPod
As long as it has a shade of 'different', I’m probably going to be into it! From Cyrille Aimee to Animals as Leaders to Open Mike Eagle, I’m always ready to lend my ears.Back to Meet the Musicians