Luis Urdaneta is an 18-year-old Venezuelan violinist who comes from El Sistema National Orchestra in Maracaibo, Venezuela. He started playing when he was 6 years old in 2010, and since then has been playing famous orchestral works like Mahler’s First Symphony and as a soloist as well, playing works like the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. But his musical career did not take off until he got to the United States, where he was welcomed by his high school teacher, who donated a violin so he could continue his musical studies. During his time here, he has made the All-Region orchestra all four years of high school, and he recently made the Symphony All-State Orchestra. He is also part of the Houston Youth Symphony and has gone to multiple competitions like the UIL Contest as a soloist, quartet member, and chamber group player. He loves playing for others and is also looking to major in music as a performer and teacher.