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Hochstein String Faculty - John Delmonico

Instrument/Department: Cello

Joined Hochstein faculty in: 2018

John Delmonico has been teaching cello since he was 16. He began studying his instrument in first grade in the public school system and later received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Nazareth College of Rochester.

In 2009, Delmonico was given an opportunity to work in a violin shop as an administrative assistant. He quickly became enamored with the bench work and received his training from master luthier Kenneth Sullivan. Nine years later, Delmonico has become known for his cello expertise, setups, and adjustments, aiding players in achieving their optimal sound. He is co-owner of Delmonico & Dugdale Strings.

During Delmonico’s time as a luthier, he has continued to maintain a private cello studio and work as a community musician. Delmonico is co-founder of the Delmonico String Quartet. He also plays in a variety of local bands and is on the board of Center Stage Pops, a semiprofessional community pops orchestra here in Rochester, NY.


More About John Delmonico

Hometown:  Farmington, NY

What inspires me: Music and art and craftsmanship.

Favorite things to do in Rochester area: I love to take walks in the city parks and listen to live music of all styles.

When I’m not at Hochstein, you can find me: working at my workshop, Delmonico & Dugdale Strings.

My favorite local restaurant: Cure

Favorite place(s) to travel: The Finger Lakes

What people would be surprised to know about me: That before deciding to go into music, I considered becoming a professional chef.