2021-2022 – on leave
Salvo Barrale was born in Palermo, Italy where he began playing the violin at the age of six. At the age of ten he was accepted into the Teacher/Performer Violin Professional Program at the “Conservatorio di Musica Vincenzo Bellini”. After graduation in 1987 he began teaching at the Conservatory (“Conservatorio di Musica Vincenzo Bellini”) and after many successful years at the Conservatory, Mr. Barrale decided to move into teaching privately where he has been enjoying this chapter in his career ever since.
As well as obtaining a position at the Vincenzo Bellini Theatre of Catania, Italy, one of the most prominent Italian Opera Orchestras, Salvo also won auditions in many Chamber Orchestras where he played as soloist and Concert Master touring throughout Italy. He attended Master class in Italy with Felix Ayo, winner of “Gran Prix du disque”. Mr. Ayo is considered to be one of the top interpreters of “Bach Violin Solo Sonatas and Partitas”.
Mr. Barrale is a faculty member at the British Columbia Conservatory of Music where he teaches a number of enthusiastic violinists and takes a special interest in improving Violin technique. His teaching method includes the traditional methods of Galamian and Flesch and, the relatively new teaching methods of Kato Havas, Suzuki, and Alexander methods.
He also has been a member of the Vancouver Island Symphony, B.C. Chamber Orchestra, Burnaby Symphony Orchestra and Kamloops Symphony Orchestra.