Florida Orchestra violinist Lucas Guideri joins pianist Franz Mantini in this year’s edition of Strings in the Spring in a program featuring both solo and ensemble works by Bach, Mozart, Debussy, Dvorak, John Williams and more.
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Lucas Guideri sits inconspicuously in the violin section of The Florida Orchestra, an immensely talented and learned musician like his colleagues. In fact, unless you read the following line in his bio on the Orchestra’s website, there would be no indication of his circuitous route to the stage: “He also earned a medical degree from New York Medical College in 2003, before returning to music.”
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Now the fact that Lucas became a musician is not surprising. His mother and his sister Danielle are cellists, the latter now a member of the Colorado Symphony. His sister Jessica is also a violinist and Concertmaster of the Santa Barbara Symphony. Yet despite an upbringing that saw all of the siblings attend the prestigious Juilliard School’s pre college division, Lucas initially chose a different path, earning a degree in Biology and admission to medical school. He admits that early on during his medical studies he knew that profession was not for him, but he nevertheless finished the program. So while it may seem a bold move to return to music, he did so with the support of an understanding family. His resume shows his commitment and the results. Among his accomplishments after earning his master’s degree from the Aaron Copeland School of Music, Guideri has been a principal player in TFO for six years and has appeared as soloist playing Winter from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Massenet’s Meditation from Thais. He is also a faculty member at the renowned Easter Music Festival and has performed Chamber music with the likes of Daniel Phillips, Marcy Rosen, Bob Vernon, and Charles Neidich.
Guideri will join pianist Franz Mantini at the Carrollwood Cultural Center’s Strings in the Spring, an annual collaboration between Mantini and the Center created seven years ago that has featured a half dozen current and former Florida Orchestra principal players. Mantini has been a fixture in the Tampa Bay area classical music scene for over 25 years, having appeared 30 times in solo or chamber music performances at the Straz Center in addition to many smaller venues. Like Guideri, Mantini’s background is also unusual. He earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in engineering at USF, and has maintained careers in the design and manufacture of electronics in the bay area ever since.
Guideri and Mantini will bring their eclectic backgrounds together for a performance that includes both solos and duets, featuring music by Bach, Mozart, Debussy, and Dvorak. Also on the program will be the virtuosic Czardas by Monti and John Williams adaptation of Gardel’s Tango, made famous in the movie Scent of a Woman.
Violinist Lucas Guideri first joined the Florida Orchestra as Assistant Principal Second Violin in 2010, and served as Acting Principal Second Violin of the orchestra in 2011. Lucas has been a member of the faculty at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro N.C. since 2011. He has performed with several orchestras in NY, including the Westchester, Long Island and Brooklyn Philharmonics and the New York Virtousi, as well as the Richmond Symphony in Virginia. Lucas has appeared in recital at the Aspen Music Festival, the Juilliard School and the Aaron Copland School of Music as well as throughout Europe.
As a chamber musician, he has performed throughout the New York area including Merkin and Weill Concert Halls, as well as the National Arts Club. Lucas has performed as soloist with the Florida Orchestra, Queens Symphony Orchestra, the Merrick Symphony, the Queens College Symphony and Chamber Orchestra. He received his Master of Music degree at the Aaron Copland School of Music in NY. Guideri also received an M.D. from New York Medical College. He resides in Clearwater with his wife, daughter, and two Golden Retrievers.
Franz Josef Mantini, pianist and graduate of the University of South Florida, took an unusual route to the concert stage. Although he had piano lessons since his youth, it was not until he auditioned for then USF distinguished artist-in residence Jacques Abram that he became serious about the music. Inspired by the teaching of Abram and the beauty of the piano literature, Mantini renewed his studies with enthusiasm, performing frequently and winning the school’s Concerto Competition before graduating in 1987.
Mantini has since maintained an active schedule of both solo and chamber music. He has performed Concertos by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and MacDowell and chamber music with the Lafayette String Quartet and principal members of The Florida Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. He was a prize winner in the 1990 Florida West Coast Chopin Competition and won a Jury Discretionary Prize and Best Performance of a Classical Era Work at the 4th and 5th International Piano Competitions for Outstanding Amateurs, respectively, presented by the Van Cliburn Foundation.
Mantini earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and master’s degree in engineering management and has applied his training working at a variety of electronics companies in the Tampa Bay area. He resides in Tampa with his wife Julie, and sons Gabriel and Gianni.