Education and Professional Experience
Randy Cono, violin/viola, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts and then a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music in New York, where he studied violin privately with Erick Friedman (Heifetz protege), and chamber music with Mischa Schneider (Budapest String Quartet), Lillian Fuchs, Ida Kavafian and Artur Balsam.
Mr. Cono has played with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Opera and Ballet, as well other various ensembles in the Southeast.
Prior to his move to Atlanta in 1993, he was Associate Concertmaster of Omaha Symphony Orchestra from 1984-1985 and played with the New York City Opera, New Jersey Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic and the Radio Symphony Music Hall Orchestra. While in New York he also served as Concertmaster of many Broadway hit shows.
Recently Mr. Cono has played with Symphony Silicon Valley, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Oakland East Bay Symphony and Monterey Symphony.
In New York City, Mr. Cono held faculty positions at both the Bronx Conservatory of Music and Manhattan School of Music, Preparatory Division. After his move to Atlanta, he joined the faculty at Georgia State University and Georgia Academy.
In 1997, Mr. Cono co-founded the Old Town Music Conservatory in Old Town Lilburn and in 1999, Mr. Cono became Director/Founder and owner of Sugarloaf School of Music where he and other professional musicians provided musical instruction to students of all ages.
Students of Mr. Cono have been accepted to many prestigious schools including Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Indiana School of Music, New England Conservatory, Vanderbilt and Brigham Young University where most students have been granted generous Financial AID Scholarships.