Justin Gopal, violin
Justin has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral violinist throughout North America, Europe and Asia. A native of Canada, he is currently a tenured member of the Richmond Symphony and formerly played with the Annapolis and Lancaster Symphonies. He has also substituted with the National Philharmonic, the Harrisburg Symphony, the Binghamton Philharmonic (NY), and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur. Justin graduated from the University of Maryland in 2009 with a Master's degree under the tutelage of Elisabeth Adkins, Associate Concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra. Previously he studied with Kathleen Winkler at Rice University under a Shepherd School of Music merit scholarship. Justin has participated in various music festivals and competitions which have led to appearances in the national finals of the Canadian Music Competition, as well as his solo debut performance with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He has worked with members of the Guarneri, Kronos, and Audubon Quartets, and has also performed under the batons of Larry Rachleff, Michael Stern, JoAnn Falletta and Itzhak Perlman.
Justin's favorite song on our repertoire list is "Appalachia Waltz" by Mark O'Connor. Chesapeake Strings members played this for his and Elizabeth's own wedding processional!