Antonio Pontarelli to Perform with Jethro Tull

Antonio Pontarelli gets ready to tear up the stage on Saturday, November 12, for the one night only Jethro Tull appearance at Pechanga Resort and Casino. This sold out show is among many stops on the Tull tour which began earlier this fall. Antonio Pontarelli will appear as the featured violinist for the unforgettable performance. ”I’ve been a huge fan of Jethro Tull ever since I can remember because my parents were really into their music, ” said Antonio. “They are extraordinary musicians and pioneers in classical crossover, blending many genres of music including blues, folk, classical and rock. I have great admiration for Ian Anderson because he is the first flutist/singer/songwriter to spearhead a Grammy winning rock band. What he has done with the flute I would like to do with the electric violin, since I am also a singer/songwriter. I am really honored that he asked me to perform with them.”

Antonio wowed audiences earlier this year with his extraordinary arrangement of Jimi Hendrix’s version of "All Along the Watchtower” on NBC’s “America’s Most Talented Kids.” With his specialized six-string fretted electric Viper violin in hand, Antonio brought the audience to their feet and took home the title of “Grand Champion.”

Antonio is called “the Rock Violinist” because of the high energy that transcends through his music. He always delivers an unforgettable performance furiously attacking his Viper violin and throwing passion into every note. His fiery style recently earned him standing ovations for his improvisational Jazz/Rock when he played to a sold out crowd of almost 7, 000 at the Greek Amphitheater in Los Angeles.

At age four, Antonio began studying the classical violin and by age seven he began winning violin competitions. When he was nine he started playing the blues and began improvising and writing his own music. Since that time Antonio has shared the stage and has made special guest appearances with some of the most talented Grammy award-winning musicians in the nation such as Ray Charles, Kenny G, David Benoit, Mark O'Connor, Marshal Hawkins (Miles Davis), the San Diego Symphony and the list goes on!

Last August Antonio received a scholarship to Grammy Camp as a singer/songwriter where he had the opportunity to meet with David Foster and Stevie Vai and showcase his music to industry insiders. The Grammy organization has recognized him as an emerging talent to definitely keep your eye on.

In 2005, not only did he become “America’s Most Talented Kid, ” but was also recognized as the 2005 ASTA (American String Teachers Association) National Alternative Styles Competition Winner and was also honored as “Outstanding Young Rock Musician” at the 26th Annual Young Artists Awards.

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