Twenty-year-old violinist Cameron F. Lugo frequently performs throughout the Mountain Empire region and beyond in various performance venues. Cameron’s diverse musical training and accomplishments provide him capability as a violin soloist, orchestral player, chamber musician, and composer. Since his solo debut in 2011 with the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra at the historic Tennessee Theater, Cameron’s solo performances include appearances with the Ottawa (Kansas) Chamber Symphony and the Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra. Cameron is the recipient of numerous awards as a violinist, including the First Place Award at the 2015 Enkor International Violin and Piano Competition. Additionally, he has been named a national finalist and prizewinner in several notable competitions including the Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition, the Music Teachers National Association String Performance Competition, and the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) Stillman-Kelly Competition. Cameron is a three-time winner of the Bristol Music Club Scholarship Auditions and has been the recipient of the Paramount Chamber Players Award.
Cameron holds the position of Associate Concertmaster for Symphony of the Mountains, an appointment which followed four years as Concertmaster of the Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra. Along with three of his siblings, Cameron is a member of Tensegrity, a string quartet that regularly performs at assorted venues and functions throughout the region. Tensegrity was awarded the First Prize Award for its category in the Enkor International Chamber Music Competition in 2016. As a composer, Cameron has achieved several first-place awards from competitions including the national finals of the NFMC Junior Composer’s Contest and the international Pikes Peak Young Composer’s Composers Competition. In December 2013, Cameron’s composition for choir and orchestra How Excellent Is Thy Name was premiered by the Symphony and Voices of the Mountains and the Highlands Youth Ensemble under the baton of Cornelia Laemmli Orth.
A resident of Jonesborough, Tennessee, Cameron studied for five years with Timothy Barrett at the Academy of Strings in Johnson City. Following his training with Mr. Barrett, he studied for five years with Dr. Thomas Joiner, Professor of Violin and Orchestral Studies at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Currently, Cameron is enrolled in the undergraduate violin studio of Dr. Miroslav Hristov at the University of Tennessee School of Music in Knoxville. Cameron was chosen by audition to participate in the Festival Scholars program at the 2012 Heartland Chamber Music Festival in Kansas City, Missouri, at which he performed as a member of a quartet which received instruction from violinist Ivan Chan, violist Jackie Lee, and members of the celebrated Miami String Quartet. In the same year, Cameron was selected as one of 12 violinists in the country to participate in the prestigious Brian Lewis Young Artist Program in Ottawa, Kansas, studying with a renowned faculty that included pedagogues such as Brian Lewis of the Butler School of Music, Simon James of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, David Updegraff of the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the late Stephen Clapp, Dean Emeritus of the Juilliard School.
Cameron performs on a fine violin crafted in 2015 by the internationally recognized luthier Kelvin Scott of Knoxville.