John McGrosso, FEMUSC and ShyuDaiko

Wonderful, this word translate our feeling.
This sunday, the violinist John McGloss, violin’s teacher of FEMUSC, visited us for train taiko.

Maravilhoso, esta palavra traduz o nosso sentimento.

Neste domingo, o violinista John McGloss, professor de violino do FEMUSC, evisitou-nos para treinar taiko.

John McGrosso, Violin
Hailed by the Boston Globe as “first class, with a robust sound and technique that seems
to come from the center of the person” John McGrosso has been the first violinist of the
Arianna String Quartet since 1998. He has been featured as a soloist with the Chicago
Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and has performed in recital to critical
acclaim throughout the United States. During seven years as a member of the St. Louis
Symphony Orchestra’s first violin section, Mr. McGrosso performed frequently in the
orchestra’s “Chamber Music St. Louis,” and “Discovery,” series, and originated the popular
“On the Stage” series of unique audience engagement evenings. He has taught on the
faculties of Illinois Wesleyan University, the University of MissouriColumbia, and Eastern
Michigan University, and is currently an Associate Professor of Violin at the University
of Missouri-St. Louis, where the Arianna Quartet is tenured and has been in residence since
2000. As a member of the Arianna Quartet, he has collaborated with artists such as James
Campbell, Gilbert Kalish, Bernard Greenhouse, Richard Stoltzman, and members of the Tokyo,
Vermeer, and Juilliard Quartets, and been on the summer faculties of the Britt Institute,
Madeline Island, and Music at Port Milford. Mr. McGrosso received his bachelors and masters
degrees from Juilliard, and holds a Performer’s Certificate from Northern Illinois Universi-
ty. He also attended the Aspen Music Festival, the Steans Young Artist Program at Ravinia,
and the Quartet Programme in Aldeburgh, England. His violin teachers have included Dorothy
Delay, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Joyce Robbins, Joel Smirnoff, and Gerald Beal, and he has studied
chamber music with members of the Juilliard, Tokyo, LaSalle, and Vermeer.

Email from John:

Hi Nando, Leonardo, and to all my new friends at ShyuDaiko,

(I asked someone at the Hotel to translate my message, in case you wanted to send it around as is!)


I really had a wonderful day on Sunday, and I want to thank you all so much

for welcoming me so graciously, and for your kindness and patience with me

as I tried to learn a bit more Taiko. It was inspiring and an honor for me

to briefly be a part of your dedication, enthusiasm, and happiness!

Thanks for a great day that I will always remember.


Eu quero dizer que tive um lindo dia no Domingo passado, e eu quero agradecer

a todos poe serem tão gentis, e pelo seu carinho e paciência comigo enquanto eu aprendia um pouco mais de taiko. Isso foi inspirador e uma honra para mim, agradeço pela sua dedicação, seu entusiasmo e alegria. Obrigado pelo lindo dia, eu irei sempre lembrar.


Best to you all,


John, you are a part of our lives and history, thanks for all.

John, você já é uma parte de nossas vidas e história, obrigado por tudo.


John, Leo, Namie, Nando, Lia, Nattie, Gui, Seiji.