Meet the 13-Year-Old Violinist Sensation on NBA

At a young age of 13 years old, Giovanni Mazza is already a part of the NBA, not as a basketball player but a violinist. Not only that, he had an impressive resume. Based in Chicago, Giovanni joined the Chicago Bull’s search for young talent when he was 9-years-old. Although he was not fortunate to win, the doors were not entirely closed for him. After a few months, he was invited by the Bulls to come back and perform.

Giovanni now plays for the NBA for four years. He played during all-star games twice, at ten years old, he performed during the halftime of rising stars and performed for the Orlando Magic team’s charity event. Above all these, Giovanni was able to release his own five songs. His sports pallet was even broadened when he played the national anthem for the Chicago White Sox last September 2018.

Starting at three years old Giovanni had been playing classical violin which led him to play on an ex-Dusinberre Sam Billings 2011 Chicago, offered to him by Bein and Fushi Chicago. His mentors were: Stacia Spencer, Clayton Haslop, Betty Haag, Almita Vamos, Taka Matsunaga, Davis King and Gerardo Ribeiro who is currently his teacher.

When the NBA asked him to play more modern music, Andrew Joslyn, a Grammy-contributing violinist-composer based in Seattle was there to assist him.

When asked about his most memorable experience, Giovanni said that it was when a J.B. Guadagnini was given to him on loan by Bein and Fushi for a week when he was 12 years old. On that same week, Giovanni was able to perform on two televisions shows in Chicago (WGN Morning News and ABC’s Windy City Live) and the national anthem for the Chicago Bulls.

You can check out Giovanni’s Youtube channel and Instagram page for more of his performances.