With degrees from Northwestern and Yale, concert artist and educator Duane Padilla began his career as an orchestral musician, performing with the National Repertoire Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony, and the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. His chamber music ensemble The Gemini Duo was a semi-finalist in the prestigious International Concert Artists Guild Competition in NYC. Duane's more recent artistic endeavors have turned towards jazz. As a founding member of The Hot Club of Hulaville, he won the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts's award for jazz album of the year for the gypsy jazz release "Django Would Go!" His solo jazz violin album "Sentimental Swing" was named one of the top 40 jazz releases of 2011 by the South African Jazz Educators Association. Recent concert collaborations include duo performances with Pianist Tommy James (Music Director of the Duke Ellington Orchestra NYC), fingerstyle guitar legend Jeff Linsky, Guitarist Paul Mehling (Hot Club of San Francisco), Grammy winning Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist Jeff Peterson, and Jazz Ukulele Grand Master Ben Chong. He has opened concerts for jazz giants Martin Taylor, John Jorgensen, and John Pizzarelli.
Duane studied jazz violin with Tim Kliphuis, Ben Powell, Aaron Weinstein, Jason Anick and Christian Howes. Having studied Suzuki violin pedagogy and conducting, Duane began his teaching career in Connecticut where he was head of two Suzuki Programs. He designed and implemented a unique Connecticut public school string program for grades 1-3 based on the Suzuki method. Duane has served as President of the Hawaii Chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and has served on the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of Hawaii and the Suzuki Talent Education of Hawaii. He currently is on faculty at the Punahou Music School and Chaminade University and serves as Chairman of the ASTA Eclectic Styles Committee.