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Edward Lambese (contd.)

After grade school,  Ed's family moved from NYC to Brooklyn, NY where he started Junior High School at Walt Whitman JHS.  Ed continued on training all through Junior High School and then won a scholarship to The High School of Performing Arts, but his Dad preferred he stay in Brooklyn.  Upon entering High School ,he was made Concertmaster of the Erasmus Hall High School Orchestra in Brooklyn, NY.  In his  first year of High School, he got Barbra Streisand's Algebra Book when they gave out the math textbooks.  Erasmus Hall is the oldest High School in the country with such celebrated alumnus as Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, and Lainie Kazan.  During Junior High School, Ed had fallen in love with the sound of the cello.  In his first year of High School, he became serious about learning to play the cello.  He asked one of his High School teachers,  Mr. Alan Knieter(whom he still remains in contact with), if he could borrow a cello over the summer break of 1971.  That summer,  he took home the cello and a piece of music the orchestra had performed called "Chaconne" which had a nice cello solo.  He remembered the melody line of the cello solo and figured out the notes on the cello and taught himself the Bass Clef.  Upon returning to High School for the Fall Semester of 1971, he was made principal cellist of the Erasmus Hall High School Orchestra.  Ed was also coached by Barbra Streisand's and Neil Diamond's vocal teacher, Mr. Cosimo DiPietto, as he was the Choral and Orchestral director of  Erasmus Hall  for Ed's first two years of High School.  Mr. DiPietto, was a very serious, gifted teacher and he was very strict with  his students about music.  Other students were nervous when he conducted and concerned about making mistakes.  Mr. DiPietto took a great liking to Ed and always praised his playing.  He had a standing quote for Ed which was, " You get some great sound out of that cello, Fella!".  Ed was thrilled to have his playing praised like that by Barbra Streisand's and Neil Diamond's High School Vocal Instructor.  Especially since he was such a serious music instructor!  Ed was also coached by another teacher and dear friend at Erasmus Hall who was a professional cellist himself.  His name is Saul Zalkin...he devoted much of his free time to coaching Ed on the cello between classes as he said he saw gifted natural talent.  Later on Ed also trained with a world famous Hungarian Violinist, Mrs. Katherine Fodor Finn of the Fodor Violin Studio in Brooklyn, NY. 

Ed continued on playing first violin and cello through High School and then on to get his BA in music education at Brooklyn College.  Ed has played with many orchestras that include the All Boro, Boro Wide Orchestra, and also a chamber group that he formed.  He also was a member of the Alumnus Orchestra and then went on to play with "The New World Symphony Orchestra, a semi pro orchestra.  He has been a member of the " West Islip Symphony Orchestra" for the past 7 years and continues to perform with them.  In June of 2004, Ed was asked by the "West Islip Symphony Orchestra" president, Nancy Donohue, to play with a few other members of the " West Islip Symphony" at a Grand Re-opening of the West Islip Library...  Hence the birth of WISE (West Islip String Ensemble).  Since then Ed and the members of  WISE have performed together at many venues all over Long Island and continue to do so.

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