Stefi Cruz, a young violinist and teacher from Aldona Goa has been selected to represent India on behalf of Child’s Play India Foundation (www.childsplayindia.org) to play in the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra. The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir are a creation of the Commonwealth Music Partnership, which has Queen Elizabeth II as Diamond Jubilee Patron, and Maestro Zubin Mehta as Music Patron.
This is a fully-funded opportunity created by the Partnership as part of the build-up to the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014. Stefi Cruz will play in the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra in three concert performances in the Royal Concert Hall Glasgow, and St. James’s Palace and the Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, London between 23 to 25 June.
Stefi Cruz comes from a musical family. Her father Douglas Cruz played guitar in several popular bands, and her triplet siblings Joy and Sandy play keyboard and sing. Stefi began violin study at age 9, and her long-term teachers include Caridade Fernandes, Eshvita Nazareth and George Gama. She has been teaching violin for several years, and has been with Child’s Play as a violin teacher since 2013.
Child’s Play India Foundation is one of the only institutions in India chosen by the Commonwealth Music Partnership. This promises to be the first of many more opportunities for Child’s Play children, staff and Camerata musicians. Child’s Play India Foundation is a music charity that works to bring classical music to India’s disadvantaged children, instilling positive values and creating social empowerment through music.