Samuel Vargas Teixeira
President and Founder
Samuel Vargas Teixeira, Founder and President, was named Concertmaster Ambassador of the United Nations (2014), and Yamaha Young Performing Artist (2019), and his last decade of philanthropic work through violin pedagogy has been recognized by The Denver Post as “a powerful reflection of his art.” He holds the Pin Artistic Merits from “City Key of Prince George” and “Central Bank in Canada,” and has performed in 40 countries on international tours and collaborated with internationally-acclaimed artists like Gustavo Dudamel, Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Claudio Abbado, and Christian Vasquez. Amongst Maestro Vargas’ role models is his past teacher, Luis Miguel Gonzalez, who is defined by Samuel as “the one who taught me how to play violin.”
Maestro Vargas was a professor of the El Sistema Program and Saint James Music Academy. He is currently a violin instructor at Schwob School of Music, and additionally, he has founded eight active Venezuelan chamber orchestras. Maestro Vargas has made solo appearances at the Lincoln Center Recital Hall, Vanier Hall, Legacy Hall, Simon Bolivar Hall, the Berliner Philharmonie, Lassiter Hall, Studzinski Hall, Tokyo Metropolitan Hall, Beijing Regional Concert Hall, and Jose Felix Ribas Hall, performing with orchestras like Simon Bolivar Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Prince George Symphony Orchestra, Venezuelan National Philharmonic, Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, and Georgia Philharmonic.
Maestro Vargas continues his artistic development under the mentorship of internationally- recognized pedagogue and violinist Sergiu Schwartz. He credits Professor Schwartz with his journey to discover and refine his violinistic voice, a legacy he works to pass along to his own students. Since 2017, he has made his mark by winning First Prize Virtuoso Category at the Samuel Fordis Competition, MTNA Winner Young Artist Category, Woodruff International Scholarship, Grand Prize Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Yamaha Young Performing Artist Nationwide Winner, and Semifinalist of the Sphinx Competition.
Maestro Vargas has been officially recognized as a YouTube Artist Creator with a channel that focuses on violin pedagogy for Spanish-speaking countries that he now incorporates into the “Teaching Without Barriers” program of SVIMF. The channel grew out of a love for educational outreach, beginning with Maestro Vargas’ giving of public presentations and conferences for groups of hundreds musicians of all ages during tours in South America. Past students are spread throughout the United States in colleges like Lynn Conservatory, as well as professional orchestras in countries throughout South America. The SV Scholars represent the Foundation studio of Maestro Vargas, where each member is hand-selected and given individualized program plans to fulfill personal and musical goals. In Columbus, Georgia (United States), Maestro Vargas teaches through the Schwob Preparatory Program and meets with many students around the room virtually, by interest generated from his YouTube channel.