Mateo Calderon, 15, is a sophomore violist at Cypress Woods High School where he is a member of the Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Victoria Campion. Mateo is a student of Dawson White, who is a violist in the Houston Grand Opera and The Houston Ballet Orchestra. He began playing viola at the age of 11. He is a member of The Houston Youth Symphony and this is his first year in Virtuosi. He was also invited to be a part of the Shepherd School of Music Chamber program at Rice University and this is his third year. He participated in the St. Thomas University Orchestra as well. Mateo made Region 27 Orchestra in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He won a 1 rating in State Solo and Ensemble competition at Austin in 2018. He performed a Concerto in G major at UIL competition and got a 1 rating. Mateo is a member of three clubs: Model UN, Interact Club, and Spanish National Honor Society. In 2017, he was a volunteer at Spillane Middle School, helping Mrs. Adams tutor beginning viola students. Mateo and his friends in 7th and 8th grade played at hospice care facilities as volunteers. He participated in the Saenz All State Camp for the past two summers. In 2016, he participated in the Virtuosi Summer Camp and St. Thomas University Camp. Mateo is a straight A student and is bilingual in Spanish and English. He enjoys watching movies and tv shows on Netflix with his friends.