Musician Spotlight Scott Staidle

Scott Staidle is the guest for the LO Concert Talks with Daniel Gilliam on January 17 & 18. The Concert Talks are offered free in Whitney Hall to patrons attending the Louisville Orchestra’s Coffee and Signature Classics Concerts.

Coffee Concert Talk:  10AM
Signature Classics Concert Talk:  6:45PM

First of all, I want to thank everyone who supports the Louisville Orchestra.

I have been a member of the first violin section since 1980. Having started playing guitar before the violin, I have always been interested in several genres of music. Initially, my primary violin teacher was Alvaro De Granda, assistant concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra.

After attending Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan, I received a Bachelor of Music in violin performance and applied strings. While at U of M, I studied violin with Gustav Rosseels and viola with Robert Courte. Both were founding members of the Paganini String Quartet.

Besides being a performer, I’m an ASCAP arranger/composer and publisher. For the Louisville Orchestra pops concerts, I have created the orchestral arrangements for Mel Tillis, Nashville’s Bryan White and Sondre Lerche among others. Currently, I now have four books that are in the catalog of international music publisher Mel Bay. These include violin duets, violin/viola duets and string quartets. My book, Wedding Music for Two Violins, was a favorite on their bestseller list.

In my recording studio, I have created two of my own CD’s, Nuts for the Holidays and Halloween Music by Scott Staidle. Also, I’ve recorded and orchestrated music with Days of the New, a platinum recording group from the Louisville area. While with DOTN, I played electric violin on “LA Woman” on The Doors’, Stoned
Immaculate CD. Last, but not least, I performed with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page on the “No Quarter Tour.” Playing violin onstage with actual members of Led Zeppelin was a thrill of a lifetime.