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Yalyen Savignon

Executive Director

Born in Havana, Cuba, Yalyen Savignon began playing the violin at eight and the piano at ten at the Conservatorio de Música Guillermo Tomas. She continued her education at the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory.

After arriving in the United States, she has performed with many symphonies orchestras in the state of Florida, including the New World Symphony, Alhambra Orchestra, Miami Lyric Opera, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Treasure Coast Symphony, Symphony of the Americas, and Vero Beach Opera.

She won the Lynn Concert Competition 2015 at the Lynn Conservatory of Music, where she completed her degree in Violin Performance.

Yalyen has completed a master’s degree in Violin Performance at Carnegie Mellon University with Professor Cyrus Forough and postgraduate studies at the University of Southern California with Martin Chalifour, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Yalyen is an avid chamber music performer. She has given many recitals in The United States and performed with the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra, the Chatham Baroque ensemble in Pittsburgh, and Boca Sinfonia.

She has worked as a Teaching Artist for the LA Philharmonic and YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles); Yalyen has taught violin and chamber music in the United States, Cuba, Chile, and Jamaica during different summer programs and festivals.

She is also the President and Executive Director of the Volta Music Foundation. In this position, she oversees all the artistic and executive strategies through which Volta Music Foundation expands access to classical music education in The United States and other Latin American countries.

Volta Directors

Masterclass Series Director

Dr. Manuel Capote

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Dr. Manuel Capote was principal cellist with the Florida Philharmonic, Florida Grand Opera, Boca Pops and the Miami City Ballet orchestras for over 20 years. He has taught cello and chamber music throughout South Florida, was Band and Orchestra Director at American Heritage School of Boca/Delray, and served as Conductor and Music Director with the Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County.

Dr. Capote has performed chamber music in the United States and Europe. As a fellowship alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival, he has been a member of the Aspen Festival Orchestra and the Aspen Chamber Symphony. His teachers include Ingus Naruns, Dudley Powers, Frank Miller and Laszlo Varga. He has collaborated with such diverse artists as Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Mstislav Rostropovich, James Galway, Luciano Pavarotti, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. Capote has recorded with Crosby Stills and Nash, the Miami Sound Machine, Julio Iglesias, KC and the Sunshine Band, the original Miami String Quartet, and the Florida Philharmonic on the Harmonia Mundi label.

Dr. Capote has served on the board of directors of the League of American Orchestras Youth Orchestra division and is currently on the programming advisory committee of the Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. as well as the advisory board of the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition. He has traveled to Havana, Cuba to perform and produce concerts, events and master classes as part of the Lynn University Conservatory’s Education and Outreach efforts.

From August 2010 to September 2020, Dr. Capote was the Coordinator – Preparatory School, Community Outreach, and Music Education at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music. His firm beliefs in the positive effects of mentoring led him to his Ed. D. dissertation topic: “The Perceptions of Participation in a Mentored Title I Elementary String Instrumental Music Program”. The purpose of this dissertation is to provide validation for the importance of free and expert music mentoring to the lives of young underserved students.

Music Curriculum Director

Laura Sinclair

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Laura Sinclair – Violist/Violinist/Educator.  An active performer in the South Florida music scene, she can be seen in Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Miami City Ballet, Boca Symphonia, and the Kravis Pops Orchestra.  A lover of Broadway old and new, she has appeared on both violin and viola in the South Florida stop of the national tour of “The Book of Mormon”, “Hello Dolly!”, “Anastasia” and “Aladdin”.  She has performed with Broadway greats Bernadette Peters, Idina Menzel, Lea Salonga and Hugh Jackman, rocker Rod Stewart, guitar legends Bucky and John Pizzarelli, indie artists Amanda Palmer and Dashboard Confessional, American Songbook legends Steve Tyrell, Neil Sedaka, Marilyn Maye, Anne Hampton Calloway, Michael Feinstein & David Foster, and renowned pianist/theatre star Michael Cavanaugh. 

She is a member of Trio Wolfe, an all female string trio with attitude, specializing in performing rockin’ arrangements of modern classics for a high energy performance experience. The group performs internationally.

Ms. Sinclair is the former Director of Strings at Plumosa School of the Arts in Delray Beach, Florida, where she implemented a Suzuki in the Schools based program focusing on a joyful music learning experience. Committed to bringing the arts into the schools, Laura used her network as a performer to bring performers from all over the world to the students of Plumosa. 

Laura maintains a vibrant Suzuki studio of young violinists and violists, supporting families as they learn how to create a positive learning environment with their child and see their child as their authentic self. She is a registered Suzuki teacher through Book 5, and is currently pursuing long term training through Book 10 with Dr. Terry Durbin at the University of Louisville. She has taken numerous supplemental courses in Pre-Twinkle, Group Class, Suzuki in the Schools, Spiccato, Priority Teaching, and Energy work. She blends high level teaching with her interest in neuroscience and attachment parenting. She shares this with her vibrant home studio, and parents and teachers worldwide.

In the non-profit sphere, Laura is committed to creating opportunities for as many students as possible. As the Music Curriculum Director for the Volta Music Foundation, she has created the curriculum for a virtual afterschool for students in Title 1 strings programs and provides teacher training for the mentors, who must be enrolled music majors. This curriculum creates an atmosphere of inclusion and incorporates composers from diverse backgrounds. This unique program provides training for a new generation of teaching artists, as well as supporting students who have a love for strings but may not have access to the necessary support to succeed. After a pilot phase in Palm Beach County, this program has expanded to engage students internationally, with mentors from leading music conservatories. Because the program is virtual, the possibilities for access are endless.

She has traveled to Cuba with the Volta Foundation, providing an introduction to Suzuki violin to students ages 8 – 11 and has done additional outreach with Symphony of the Americas in Panama. As orchestra director, she has taught 9 summers with the Nat King Cole Generation Hope Summer Strings at Lynn University.

Thanks to a partnership with the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, hundreds of Plumosa students have been exposed to high level musical performances. Laura helped facilitate the Community outreach portion of the 2020 EOIVC, with finalists performing for students in front of a jury of arts advocates, community leaders and educators. She looks forward to helping them prepare for the 2023 competition.

Ms. Sinclair attended Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, receiving a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree and Chamber Music Diploma, studying with Christine Vlajk and Jerzy Kaplanek of the Penderecki String Quartet. She earned her Masters of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Jeffrey Irvine and Kirsten Docter.  Most recently, she completed a Professional Performance Certificate at Lynn University Conservatory of Music, under the guidance of Ralph Fielding.  Ms. Sinclair has had the pleasure of studying and performing at summer festivals around the globe.

Teaching Philosophy

Music can be a tool to break down barriers and build good citizens of the world.  In the right context, learning an instrument is an experience that uplifts, unites and empowers a child to be curious, work as a team and think beyond themselves. In combination with personal performance experiences with accomplished artists, students see a world beyond themselves and experience the power of “what if”.


Education Programs Manager

Marina Machado

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Pianist Marina Machado Gonzalez graduated with honors from the studio of Professor Leonel Morales at ‘Alfonso X el Sabio’ University in Madrid, Spain, in 2019. She offered her first solo concert at the “Gabriel y Galán” theater in Trujillo in October 2014 and since then she has performed in venues in Spain, Germany, and Austria, such as the Eutherpe hall in León (León, Spain), the Medina Elvira Auditorium (Atarfe, Spain), the American Institute Auditorium (Santa Fe, Spain), the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (Aachen, Germany) and the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg (Salzburgo, Austria). She has attended masterclasses with some of the most renowned pianists in Europe and the US as Pavel Gililov, Mariana Gurkova, Wu Han or William Wolfram and harpsichord masterclasses with Webb Wiggins.

She is a founding member of the Aidoni Piano Trio, who has in performance on many series including ‘Airas Nunes’, in Santiago de Compostela, and has given concerts in venues such as the Auditorium of the University of Santiago de Compostela, the Eutherpe hall in León or the “Manuel de Falla” hall in the Longoria Palace, current headquarters of the SGAE (General Society of Authors and Editors).

In 2017 she won the position of titular pianist in the Youth Orchestra of the Community of Madrid (JORCAM), performing in venues like the National Auditorium of Music and the ‘Teatros del Canal’ in Madrid. In September 2020, she participated with the JORCAM in the ENSEMS festival (Contemporary Music Festival held in Valencia, Spain) offering a concert in the “Palau de les Arts”, Valencia.

Until 2021 she worked as piano and music theory teacher in the High-Performance Music Center (Centro de Alto Rendimiento Musical), collaborating center of the ‘Alfonso X el Sabio’ University in Madrid and as pianist in the ‘Coro Abierto’ (‘Open Choir’), a choral project formed by people with intellectual disabilities interested in vocal training.

She has won competitions collaborating with different instrumentalists, such as the NSAL Collaborative Piano and Brass Duo Competition (2023), and the John Oliveira String Competition (2023). In 2022 she was finalist of the Chamber Music Competition at Lynn Conservatory of Music with the Sapphire Quintet.

She has recently completed her Master of Music in Instrumental Collaborative Piano from Lynn University in Boca Raton (USA). Ms. Machado studied under Professor Lisa Leonard and received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Education.

Volta Music Teachers 2023-24

Volta Teacher

Amari Guerere

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Venezuelan violinist raised in the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela (El Sistema),and member of the “Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra” for 17 years. As a member of the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, Miss Guerere performed with distinguished international artists, touring Europe, Asia and Latin America, as well as participating in various commercial recordings with the late Mexican conductor Eduardo Mata.

Miss Guerere studied violin with Jose Francisco Del Castillo in Venezuela, participating in courses and festivals with recognized teachers such as Josy Zivonni and Vartan Manoogian, among others. At the same time she studied musical education at the IUDEM (University Institute of Music Studies) and “Education for children with special needs” in AVEPANE in Caracas, Venezuela.

As a violin teacher she worked as a member of “El Sistema” in the Orchestral Center of Montalban and Chacao in Caracas, and the Emil Friedman’s School for more than 20 years. She has also taught in Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, taking part in pioneering music projects in the Brasilian “favelas” (low income communities).

She has been living in Florida since 2017. Since then has been an active free lance musician in the area, performing regularly with the South Florida Symphony Orchestra and other local orchestral groups. Miss Guerere is currently teaching violin at “Kalos Music and Arts School” in Aventura, “Da’s Music School” in Miami Gardens, “The Palm Beach Suzuki Schoo”l and the Volta Music Foundation. Miss Guerere is a certified Suzuki teacher, under the guidance of David Storm and Ann Montzka-Smelser. She is married to cellist German Marcano and lives in Miramar with daughter Laura and son Raul.

Volta Teacher

Gabrielle Malaniak

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Gabrielle Malaniak is a performing violist and educator based in South Florida. She holds a B.M. in Viola Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.  She is currently studying at Lynn Conservatory with Sheila Brown for graduate school. Gabrielle is convinced that music has the power to make a meaningful difference in the lives of students.

“Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” -Leonard Bernstein

Volta Teacher

Juliana Parra

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Juliana Parra is a Colombian violinist and educator located in South Florida. In May 2023, she graduated with her masters in violin performance from Baylor University. She previously held a bachelor’s degree in music from Stetson University in central Florida. Juliana found her passion in teaching as she was pursuing her performance degree, and has been an educator for six years. She loves pedagogy as much as performing and will continue working hand in hand with both areas of music. Her experience in social work through music started when she joined Amadeus Foundation in Colombia, founded by her uncle. With love, compassion, guidance, and encouragement, Juliana immerses in the powerful impact that music provides in the lives of children.

“Music speaks what cannot be put into words and expresses the desires of the heart. Music is the language of the soul.”

Volta Teacher

Guadalupe Justiniani

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Born in Arequipa, Peru, Guadalupe Justiniani started with music at the age of 4, beginning with violin and piano.Later, she moved to Lima, Peru. At the age of 9, she began playing the cello as a student of Annika Petrozzi, who included her in the Suzuki system and international Suzuki festivals, participating for more than 5 consecutive years where she took classes from an early age with international teachers such as Tania Carey and David Evenchick. At the age of 14, she entered the National Conservatory of Music of Peru with the teacher Cesar Pacheco. At the age of 15, she joined the National Youth Symphony of Peru, where she participated for 9 consecutive years under the baton of maestro Pablo Sabat and other guest conductors for seasons like Benjamin Zander. Subsequently, she participated in different international festivals, giving her the opportunity to visit various South America countries such as Chile-Claudio Santos, Argentina, and mainly Brazil, where she had the opportunity to study for a short season remotely with maestro Fabio Pesgrave at the UFRN School of Music. Guadalupe has performed as a soloist with the “Sinfónica del Sillar-Arequipa” playing E. Lalo’s Cello Concerto in D minor and Max Bruch’s Kol Nidrei. In 2021, she received the opportunity to study in the United States, receiving a scholarship at the New World School of the Arts under the guidance of Bryan Hayslet. Finally, in 2018, she began teaching at the Santísimo Nombre de Jesús school, where she found one of her main vocations, which was teaching music. In 2019, she began training as a Suzuki teacher as she had been trained, so now she can be a teacher and have all the necessary tools to perform as such.

Volta Teacher

Paola Garcia

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Paola, a native of Valencia, Venezuela, embarked on her musical journey at 13 years old in a local children’s Orchestra of El Sistema. Joining the double bass section of the Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de Carabobo in 2018, she quickly rose to become the principal. Under the guidance of Maestro Felix Petit at the Academia Latino Americana de Contrabajo, Paola honed her skills and later became the double bass assistant for the Orquesta Sinfonica Infantil de Venezuela, working alongside esteemed conductors Simon Rattle and Daniel Barenboim.

Paola has had the privilege of participating in masterclasses with renowned musicians including Klaus Stoll, Ofelia Calva, Jeff Bradettich, Eugene Levinson, Edicson Ruiz, Luis Gomez-Imbert, Dominick Wagner, and Nathaniel West. She has also showcased her talent with Venezuelan orchestras on national and worldwide tours among those, the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, performing with the likes of Gustavo Dudamel, Christian Vasquez, Domingo Hindoyan, Joshua Dos Santos, Dietrich Paredes, and Diego Matheuz.

Since the age of 17, Paola has been an instructor for children’s and youth orchestra double bass sections, conducting workshops during National Festivals organized by La Academia Latino Americana de Contrabajo and El Sistema. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance from FIU. Currently, Paola serves as the assistant to the double bass section of the Miami Symphony Orchestra, performs with the San Antonio TX Opera, and Classical Music Institute, and actively contributes as a teaching artist in the South Florida community.

Board of Directors

Yalyen Savignon

President & CEO Volta Music Foundation

Michael Falke

CEO Falke Corporation

Rene Males

CEO retired

Michael Kolbert

VP Finance at HCM Unlocked

Dr. Jermaine Fleming

North Broward Regional Superintendent

Laura Sinclair

Curriculum Director, Coach & Entrepreneur