Maureen Conlon-Gutierrez, Violin
Born and raised in the heart of Mexico, Maureen has embraced many styles and genres from classical and tango to rock and light jazz. She is a member of the tango ensemble in Pittsburgh, PA, AquiTango. Her improvisational skills have led to recordings with Vineyard Music on their Spanish CD and with the acclaimed Latin rock band ROJO.
As a solo concert violinist, Conlon has performed to much acclaim on many of the great stages throughout Latin America, Europe, and the U.S. Many of her performances have been aired live on radio and television including a special for the Telemundo channel in 2003. She has appeared as soloist with various orchestras and chamber ensembles in Mexico and the U.S. including the renowned Orquesta del Estado de Mexico (OSEM) under the direction of Enrique Batiz and the Orquesta de la Universdad de Guanajuato (OSUG) with whom she toured Italy playing the Barber Violin Concerto in 2014.
Due to her passion for chamber music she co-founded the Trio Nova Mundi in 2001 with whom she has performed throughout various concert venues in Latin America, Africa, and the U.S. including appearances as soloists with the Atlanta Virtuosi orchestra in Atlanta, GA. While at Rice University they were awarded the Ralph A. Anderson music scholarship award and in 2008 they were winners of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Auditions. They are presently the ensemble in residence at Grove City College in Pennsylvania.
Maureen has garnered many ﬁrst prizes and placed at many competitions nationally and internationally including a ﬁrst place at the National Violin Competition “Hermilo Novelo” in Mexico and the “Hermilo Novelo” award at the International Henryk Szeryng Violin Competition. While studying at Penn State University she also won the Concerto Competition as well as ﬁrst place at the Graduate Exhibition in 2005 and 2006. In 2005 she was a semi-ﬁnalist at the prestigious Sphinx Competition.
Conlon was also a recipient of the CONACULTA scholarship for the performing arts from 2006-2007 allowing her to pursue further studies in the U.S. As an avid orchestral musician she is concertmaster of the Erie Chamber Orchestra and member of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra in addition to having been a member of the Erie Philharmonic, Sphinx Symphony, Sphinx Virtuosi, Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, Penns Woods Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. She has also served as a substitute with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, Civic Orchestra in Chicago, National Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony among others.
Her keen interest and devotion to music and especially the violin began at a very early age but it was several years later that she would begin lessons with Pedro Gasca and later with Gilberto Nunez in her hometown of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato Mexico. She earned her Bachelors in Music Performance at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, TX with Kenneth Goldsmith and her Masters in Violin Performance as a graduate assistant to Jim Lyon at the Penn State University where she was concertmaster of the Penn State Orchetras and Baroque Ensemble in addition to playing ﬁrst violin of the graduate string quartet. She completed a Performance Residency at Carnegie-Mellon University studying with the former Pittsburgh Symphony concertmaster, Andres Cardenes.
Among her many mentors and coaches are David Mallory, Violaine Melancon, Norman Fischer, Paul Katz, Paul Ellison, James Dunham, Steve Ansell, Daniel and Todd Phillips from the Orion Quartet, Ida Kavaﬁan, Rachel Barton-Pine, and members of the Ying, Lark, Emerson, and Tokyo Quartets.
Maureen loves dancing, watching movies, and eating great food when she isnʼt making music. An ardent educator, she served as the Violin/Viola Professor at Grove City College from 2012-2017 and is frequently invited to give masterclasses at various institutions and summer festivals such as the Sphinx Organization's Summer Performance Academy and the Dali International String Quartet Festival. Maureen continues to actively perform as soloist and with the Trio Nova Mundi. She resides in Pittsburgh, PA with husband, Michael Dorosh.