Shintaro Taneda, age 15, is a sophomore at Lynnwood High School. A violin student of Margaret Pressley, Shintaro has attended the Seattle Conservatory of Music as a Dorothy Richard Starling Scholar where he studies music academics and performs in SCM’s Chamber Music and Collegiate-Performance Preparation Program. Shintaro held the Concertmaster position of the Seattle Youth Symphony’s Junior Symphony in 2016. He made his debut with orchestra in March 2014, performing Vivaldi’s Concerto for Three Violins with Seattle Festival Orchestra at Seattle’s Town Hall. As winner of the Bainbridge Symphony’s Concerto Competition, Shintaro performed his solo debut with that orchestra in 2015. He has won prizes in the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside Competition, the Simon-Fiset String Competition and received Outstanding Certificates of Merit in the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival. A Finalist in the Sammamish Symphony Youth Concerto and the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artist Competitions, Shintaro also received recognition in the 2015 Music Teachers National Association’s State Competition. Summer Camps have included Center Stage Strings, studying with Danielle Belen, Meadowmount School of Music under the tutelage of Gerardo Ribeiro and the Aspen School of Music, where he studied with Naoko Tanaka. Shintaro pursues a career as a professional violinist.