Dr. Ray Broggini began violin study at age 9. His principal teacher became a Josef Gingold protégé, Jeanette Drinkall Meyer, in his hometown of Cleveland, where he also studied with George Poinar at Baldwin Wallace College. He then received his BA at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music where he majored in biology and music.
During his parallel 30 year career in medicine, he performed in numerous ensembles in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was Concertmaster of the Santa Rosa Baroque Sinfonia for 16 years and regularly played with Santa Rosa Symphony, as well as symphonies in Cotati, Napa, Ukiah, Vallejo, Rohnert Park and San Francisco. He was a founding member of the Sotoyome String Quartet. He has studied in chamber music workshops at Santa Rosa Junior College and Humboldt State University.
Ray’s Hawaii resume includes Kona Symphony, Kamuela Philharmonic, and the University of Hawaii-Hilo orchestras, The Hilo Chamber Music Festival, Hawaii Opera Theatre’s Madama Butterfly in Maui, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and also teaches violin. He lives on a small organic farm in Paauilo, Big Island.