EDDIE VENEGAS is a New York-based, Venezuelan violinist, trombonist, and composer. He performs regularly with a variety of Latin, Jazz, Classical, and Popular music ensembles.
EDUCATION: Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Eddie first began violin as a child. He moved to New York City to study with Daniel Phillips of the Orion String Quartet at The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where he obtained his Bachelors and Masters in Performance of Classical Violin. He is a self-taught trombonist.
SWEET PLANTAIN QUARTET: Eddie is a founding member of Sweet Plantain Quartet, his primary project. The quartet's diverse, genre-blurring repertoire features his original compositions and arrangements of Latin American composers. Sweet Plantain has toured in concert internationally, recorded for film, and held teaching residencies throughout the United States.
LATIN MUSIC: Eddie toured for many years with Grammy Award-winning, salsa singer Marc Anthony, doubling on trombone and as violin soloist. He is a founding member of Los Hacheros and proud member of the legendary charanga ban, Orquesta Broadway. His extensive background in Latin music includes performances with Pedrito Martinez at Central Park's Summer Stage and with reggaeton star Don Omar at Madison Square Garden.
BROADWAY: Eddie frequently plays in the pit of Broadway shows, most recently in Miss Saigon (2017), Carousel (2018), and My Fair Lady (2018).
JAZZ: Eddie has played with The Hudson Jazz Ensemble, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Jon Faddis, Joe Zawinul, and Victor Jones, including shows at NYC's famed Birdland and Blue Note jazz clubs.
CLASSICAL: Eddie has performed with The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, The Queens Philharmonic, The Sphinx Symphony, Saint Martins of Tours Symphony Orchestra, and with Carpentier String Quartet.
TEACHER: Eddie formerly directed a strings music program for St. Ignatius middle school in The Bronx and currently instructs private students at all levels. For five years he mentored teenage musicians from NYC public schools through a partnership with Tony Bennett's nonprofit organization, Exploring the Arts.
FILM: In his free time, Eddie pursues film projects with his wife and collaborator, Karin Venegas. Their documentary Unafraid: Voices from the Crime Victims Treatment Center, featuring Eddie's original music, screened in numerous film festivals throughout the U.S. and is now distributed by Women Make Movies.