Dr. Maurice Sklar was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to a Russian-Jewish family with a rich musical heritage. At age four, he began playing the violin. He won numerous awards from the age of nine, and left home to study violin with Fredell Lack in Houston, Texas, when he was only thirteen. He attended Meadowmount Summer Music School, Ivan Galamian’s Strings Camp, for seven consecutive years from the age of thirteen to nineteen.
Accepted at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City at the age of fifteen, Maurice subsequently won a scholarship to attend the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music at the age of sixteen, where he studied with the great violin teacher, Ivan Galamian.
In 1984 he was accepted as a scholarship student with the renowned violin pedagogue, Dorothy DeLay. While attending the Aspen, Colorado Music Festival from 1984-1986, Miss DeLay invited Maurice to return to Juilliard and conclude his professional studies. From 1985-1989, he worked with her in preparation for a major solo career in classical music. In 1986 Maurice won the coveted Young Concert Artists International Auditions, in 1987 he debuted in the YCA Series in New York at the 92nd Street “Y” and Washington DC at the Kennedy Center. In 1990 Maurice was chosen by Musical America as one of the top ten “Young Artist of the Year”. For over 13 years, he was Artist in Residence and Professor of Violin at Oral Roberts University. From 1990 - 1991 he was Associate Concertmaster of the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1997 he was awarded a Doctorate of Ministry.
Dr. Maurice Sklar has appeared as soloist with many orchestras and he continues to perform concerts across the country and abroad. Maurice currently lives in California with his wife, Devorah.
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