A professional violinist, violist and teacher, Byron K. Plexico holds performance degrees from The North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied viola with Sally Peck, and Butler University, where he studied violin with Lawrence Shapiro. His passion for chamber music led him to pursue three summers of study at the Taos School of Music with the New Hungarian and American String Quartets. Byron joined the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra in the fall of 1988.
A recipient of the Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction Award given by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Byron maintains a private studio and has served on the faculties of Anderson University, IUPUI, University of Indianapolis, Community Music Center and the International Music Festival.
Byron’s public performances include the Pilgrim Fine Arts Series, Duckwall Artist Series, Tippecanoe Chamber Music Series, Anderson University, Ball State University and the University of Indianapolis. He also performed with the Suzuki and Friends Chamber Music Series, including The Best of Amadeus, a presentation of the complete cycle of the Mozart Viola Quintets. In 2015, he performed as part of the ICO String Quartet for the Music for All National Festival Chamber Music Concert which included two world premieres.
Byron has been a guest soloist more than a dozen times with various orchestras, including the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis, the Western Piedmont and Salisbury (NC) Symphony Orchestras, and the Anderson and Carmel (IN) Symphony Orchestras. His performance of the Korngold Concerto with the Anderson Symphony was broadcast on Indiana Public Television.
The 2017-18 season marks the 50th Anniversary of the Anderson Symphony and Byron’s 25th Anniversary as its Concertmaster. He will be one of the featured guest soloists in the season opener, performing John Williams’ Three Pieces from Schindler’s List for violin and orchestra.