Rafael Galvan-Herrera

Violin Instructor


Rafael Galvan-Herrera began his violin studies at the age of 8 in Xalapa, Mexico. He earned his Bachelor in Music from Universidad Veracruzana where he studied with Emmanuel Arias and Juan Valentin; a Master of Arts-Music from Florida International University studying with Marcia Littley de Arias (violin) and  Javier Arias (chamber music); a Master of Arts-Music and an Artist’s Diploma from Montclair State University where he studied with Yi-Wen Jiang (violin) and chamber music with the Shanghai Quartet. He  has participated in different summer camps and festivalsplaying in master classes and coachings with  the Amernet String Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, Vermeer Quartet, Cuarteto Latinoamericano and violinists Arnold Steinhardt, Zvi Zeitlin, Weigang Li, Shmuel Ashkenazi, Teo Arias, Ning Feng, and Eric Shumsky.  He has been principal violinist of the Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil del Estado de Veracruz (OSEJV)  in Mexico as well as concertmaster with Florida International University Orchestra and Montclair State University Symphony Orchestra. In 2010, as a member of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas. Rafael performed in NY City’s Carnegie Hall as well as in the “Concert-Celebration Biennial of the Americas 2010” in Denver, CO. A very enthusiastic violin teacher, Rafael has been a faculty member of several music programs in the US such as Greater Miami Youth Orchestras, Preparatory Music Center at  Montclair State University, Olive Tree Music Studio in New Jersey, and the program “Rhythms For Life: A String Orchestra Program for Minority Youths at Morris County” where he also held the Artistic Director position. An avid chamber music player, Rafael has performed in different cities of Mexico, Spain, Austria,  and the USA. In 2011, Mr. Galvan was awarded full fellowships to attend National Orchestra Institute  2011 at University of Maryland as well as Youth Orchestra of the Americas “Mexico Tour 2011”. ”. Currently,  Mr. Galvan-Herrera is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Louisiana State University, where he is part of Espen Lilleslatten’s violin studio. Rafael was an artist sponsored by "Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes" (FONCA-Mexico) in 2010.